FOR RELEASE: March 20, 2014
TELEPHONE: (860) 594-3062
FAX: (860) 594-3065

Public Information Meeting Concerning Construction of the Waterbury Bus Maintenance Facility in the Town of Watertown
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (Department) will conduct a public information meeting concerning the construction of the Waterbury Bus Maintenance Facility on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at the Watertown High School Auditorium, 324 French Street in Watertown.  An informal question and answer session will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a formal design presentation at 7:00 p.m.
The project is identified as State Project No. 431-0006.
The proposed Greater Waterbury Bus Storage and Maintenance Facility will be a new, approximately 276,000 SF building, plus associated sitework. The new facility will be located on a parcel of property purchased by the Department in the Town of Watertown, adjacent to Frost Bridge Road (SR 262) and the Naugatuck River. This will replace the current storage and maintenance facility, located in leased space in a former foundry in the Waterville area of Waterbury.
The new facility will accommodate the storage and maintenance of a mixed fleet of 98 vehicles, including 40’ and 35’ buses, plus smaller, 28’ paratransit body-on-chassis (BOC) vehicles.  The facility will be owned by the State of Connecticut and operated as part of the CT Transit Statewide Bus System. 
The new facility will provide interior parking for the entire fleet, a service lane with an automatic bus wash, indoor fueling and farebox retrieval, a vehicle maintenance area with lifts and component repair areas, an administrative office area and employee welfare facilities for the drivers and maintainers.
Construction is anticipated to begin 2015 and be completed in 2017. The estimated construction cost for this project is approximately $85 million. This project is anticipated to be undertaken with state and federal funds.
The public information meeting is being held to afford a full opportunity for public participation and to allow open discussion of any views and comments the community may have concerning this proposed project. 
The meeting facility is ADA accessible. Language assistance may be requested by contacting the Department of Transportation's Office of Communications (voice only) at (860) 594-3062 at least five working days prior to the meeting. Language assistance is provided at no cost to the public.
Plans of the proposed project will be on display for public review.  Department personnel will be available during the meeting to discuss this project. More detailed information is available at the Department’s Office of Engineering, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, Connecticut, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays.  Anyone wishing to discuss the project may contact Mr. John D. Hanifin, Project Manager, at (860) 594-2899 or by e-mail at Plans are also available for review at the Watertown Town Hall.