CU Transit Debuts Efficient, Updated Bus Storage and Service Facilities

CU Transit, the provider of transportation services to the citizens of Springfield, Missouri, recently moved into their new Bus Storage and Service Facilities developed as a part of CU Transit’s Boonville Campus Improvements Project.  These new modern facilities give CU Transit the ability to securely store up to 40 full size transit buses in a heated indoor storage facility. Interior bus storage has proven to extend the life of the transit fleet while also reducing overall maintenance costs. The bus storage facility is minimally heated by a combination of an efficient hydronic radiant floor heating system and a high efficiency exhaust ventilation system.  Together, these two systems provide the most cost effective method of heating the space while simultaneously venting exhaust fumes.

The new fueling, fare recovery and bus wash facilities replaced the aging outdoor facilities that required CU Transit staff to make difficult, unsafe turns and also required buses to queue on the surrounding streets while awaiting service.   The location and orientation of the new facilities allow CU Transit to keep all bus movements related to storage, refueling, and washing on the campus and in a safe counterclockwise flow.  The new facilities also included new utility truck fueling and parking and upgrades to the maintenance facilities to accommodate future 40 foot transit buses.

CU Transit contracted with H-Design and Maintenance Design Group, to provide the facilities master plan, to produce final design documents, and to oversee the construction of the new facilities.  The existing CU Transit maintenance and operation buildings at the corner of Boonville and Division Streets are more than a hundred years old and make a strong architectural statement.  This historic architecture had to be respected in the design of the new facilities being added to the campus.  H Design did a fantastic job of tying the historical appeal of the old buildings to the modern efficient look of the new facilities.  Other design consultants included Walter P Moore, Henderson Engineering Inc., and CJW Transportation Consultants.  The facility was constructed by Branco Enterprises, Inc.

The project was funded by the City of Springfield and included partial funding from the federal government through State of Good Repair (SGR) funds.  These funds were offered to transit agencies that displayed a need for new or upgraded facilities to improve their systems.  Diligent commitment by the City of Springfield and City Utilities through the grant application process paid off. CU Transit was awarded one of the largest allocations of SGR funds in the state of Missouri for the Boonville Campus Improvements Project