Meeting Transit Needs
Construction is underway on Greensboro Transit Authority’s (GTA) new Maintenance and Operations Facility and Administrative Offices at 223 W. Meadowview Road in Greensboro. Funding sources for the 64,000-square-foot facility include:
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009
- Federal Transit Administration
- NC Department of Transportation
- City of Greensboro.
The project also brings new jobs to south Greensboro.
The new facility is expected to enhance GTA service delivery efficiency and quality of service to current and future riders in Greensboro. The number of annual GTA riders has doubled in the past five years from two million to four million, which has resulted in the need to double the GTA service fleet.
In addition to storing up to 110 transit vehicles, the Meadowview Road facility will also house transit operations, maintenance, a training and fitness center, a board room, the City’s Department of Transportation’s Public Transportation Division, and an ADA functional assessment center.
The facility’s design is also expected to meet requirements for Leadership Energy Environment Design gold certification. Highlighted features include a vegetative or green roof system and an exterior that incorporates shading devices that allow for natural daylight while preventing heat gain.
Construction on the facility is expected to last 14 to 16 months.
A Win-Win Opportunity
The summer of 2009 is one that Greensboro resident Jameson Donnell won’t soon forget. Thanks to the Greensboro/High Point/Guilford County Workforce Development Board’s Summer Youth Program, funded by the Workforce Investment Act, Jameson not only worked his first real job, but he also developed skills above and beyond what’s taught in a classroom. And with his assistance, the folks he worked for in Greensboro’s Planning Department were able to accomplish projects they didn’t previously have staff to tackle due to the City’s hiring freeze.
“Jameson completed assignments in a timely and effective manner,” says his worksite supervisor Mike Kirkman. “He was motivated and dedicated to serve. We were very glad to have him with us.”
As part of his summer assignment, Jameson assisted City planners with taking inventory of the planning library and conduct field surveys and research. He also worked with the public when needed, providing “courteous and reliable information,” Kirkman says.
For his part, Jameson says the job not only helped him build new interpersonal and research skills, but also helped him gain respect for the work environment and develop confidence in himself that he is indeed an asset to an employer.
“The City’s Planning Department is a team of people who are helpful, friendly, respectful and encouraging and I appreciate the opportunity I had to work with them,” he says. The experience was even more valuable to him, he notes, because he realizes how difficult finding summer employment was for young adults this year due to the economy.
Jameson was one of 426 Guilford County young people who were placed in jobs through the Summer Youth Program. More than 6,100 youth throughout the state found work this summer through this program.
Today, Jameson is a sophomore at Mars Hill College where he is majoring in criminal justice.