Danville’s crowded mass transit building will be expanded to accommodate an increase in the number of people who work there.
Built in 1988 for the 21-person mass transit staff, the building now also houses Danville Public Schools’ transit needs as well of those of the parks and recreation department’s senior transportation services — more than 120 people using what the city’s director of transportation, Marc Adelman, said consists of two large rooms that are jammed full of desks, administrators, dispatchers, bus drivers and other staff.
It is difficult to do any type of training, Adelman said, since the already-crowded room is punctuated by the constant ringing of phones and crackling of radios that connect bus drivers to dispatchers.
The new addition will cost about $925,000, with state and federal grants picking up 96 percent, leaving the city to pay about $37,000.
Construction is expected to begin this month and be finished next summer, Adelman said.
Once it’s done, Adelman said, there will be room for offices for various staff members, training space and a room for bus drivers to use to process their paperwork.
“Right now we have multiple people in the same space and no room for drivers to prep,” Adelman said. “This will support the existing number of people in the building … the employees are all very happy.”
Denice Thibodeau is a reporter for the Danville Register & Bee. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (434) 791-7985.