Baltimore Elected Officials, Community Members Celebrate Kirk Avenue Bus Facility Groundbreaking
November 26, 2013Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, U.S.
Representative Elijah Cummings, Maryland Department of
Transportation (MDOT) Secretary Jim Smith and other dignitaries
broke ground November 26 on the $53 million Kirk Avenue bus
facility project in Baltimore, Maryland.
JMT and our joint venture partner Gannett Fleming are providing
architectural and engineering design services for the modernization
project, which includes expanding the site to accommodate a new
15-bay, 100,000 square foot bus maintenance facility to support
clean-fuel bus operations, maintenance, inspection and repair.
Mayor Rawlings-Blake thanked the many local community and
business associations, many of which were present, for their
support on the project.
"As a team we are investing in our neighborhoods and critical
infrastructure that will help our city grow while ensuring a better
quality of life for the entire community," Rawlings-Blake said.
"This project is a great example of how businesses, transit hubs,
neighborhoods and schools can coexist and work together for a
The 6.7-acre facility, owned by the Maryland Transit
Administration, was constructed in 1947 to provide a bus operating
transportation maintenance and storage facility. The existing
facility only allowed a reduced number of activities and had become
severely constrained. These conditions raised community concerns
due to noise, as buses frequently moved due to the lack of storage
Rep. Cummings commented on the cooperation between the community
where the facility is located and those working to improve it:
"This is what happens when community works with the elected
[officials] and we're able to come together to make a difference,"
he said. "We really do appreciate you."
Secretary Smith added, "This facility is going to enable us to
deliver the kind of service, the kind of quality service, the
people of Baltimore are entitled to, and it's going be able to do
it at the same time as partnering with the community in which the
facility is located."
US Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary John
Porcari also wrote about the project's significance in a post on
the department's official blog. Read the post here: http://www.dot.gov/fastlane/kirk-bus-facility
The first phase of the project is scheduled to open in 2015.