TARTA Begins Construction at MLK Site
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza is the home of TMACOG and the Toledo Amtrak station. Now, with work begun by TARTA, the plaza will begin to take shape as a full-service transit center. TARTA broke ground June 28 on a paratransit operations facility. The new facility will be at Wade and Williams streets, the site of old Page Dairy, immediately adjacent to the plaza. When complete in 2011, the $9 million building will house offices and maintenance facilities for TARTA’s paratransit operations (TARPS). TARPS experienced a 35 percent increase in ridership last year with 183,977 trips. Ridership for 2010 is projected at 225,000 trips. The new facility will be more efficient and improve customer service. To enable construction of the facility TARTA received $2 million from Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funds administered by TMACOG.
The building, designed by Stough and Stough Architects, will incorporate a geothermal heating and cooling system, solar panels, skylights, reflective roofing, and earth sheltering for energy efficiency. Future plans call for a biodiesel fueling station for public vehicles.