U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings held a press conference with Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) officials to announce a $40 million Federal grant to help replace Baltimore’s 65-year-old Kirk Avenue bus facility.  The funds are provided through FTA’s FY2012 State of Good Repair and Bus Livability programs.  The State of Maryland will contribute $13 million toward the overall $53 million project costs.

The replacement facility includes a 100,000 sf space for bus maintenance, to be located on recently-acquired, neighboring property.  This “green” project is being designed to address both the MTA’s needs to support clean-fuel bus operations – maintenance, repair, inspection, fueling, washing, and dispatching – as well as community concerns about noise and air pollution.

JMT is the lead partner in a joint venture with Gannett Fleming that provides all architectural and engineering design services for the project.  The first phase is scheduled to open in 2014.

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