The new vehicle storage building at the Ottawa County Transportation Agency (OCTA) is open and ready for business. “It’s been a long year of hard work and it sure feels great to get to our new facility,” said Transit Director Bill Lowe.
Environmentally friendly design features of the new building and renovations to the existing offices and vehicle maintenance bays will substantially reduce OCTA’s operating costs with increased energy efficiency. Funding for the project came from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and will continue to support a significant number of jobs locally.
County Commissioner Steve Arndt praised OCTA’s leaders for using the federal dollars to save the Ottawa County taxpayers money over the life of the buildings. “The decision to make a priority of designing and building an environmentally responsible, energy-efficient facility required Bill and his team a few more governmental hoops to jump through, but we supported them 100%. We hope other Ottawa County agencies will be able to do the same on any future building projects. It only makes sense.”
OCTA provides safe and affordable door-to-door transportation for all Ottawa County residents. Members of the public wishing to schedule a ride may call 419-898-7433. A Rider Guide and other information are available online at www.octapublictransit.com.