After a brief meeting Monday to approve a final construction contract, some CamTran board members and staff got a tour of the new $18 million operations center on Maple Avenue in the city’s Woodvale neighborhood.
In the official business of the day, Cambria County Transit Authority members unanimously approved a $128,142 contract with PetroChoice Holdings Inc. of Bucks County for the lubrication system at its new facility.
The work includes storage tanks, nozzles and lines throughout the maintenance area.
Construction is wrapping up at the site, but the completion date has been pushed back a month to July 31, CamTran Executive Director Rose Lucey-Noll said.
“We will move over the weekend of Aug. 15 to 17,” Lucey-Noll said after Monday’s tour.
The new facility’s address has been assigned as 502 Maple Ave., Johnstown, Pa. 15901.
She and supervising engineer Timothy McClellan pointed to several aspects designed to improve energy efficiency and workforce productivity after the move.
Buses will enter the facility from the end nearest downtown Johnstown through fueling and wash bays before emerging into the main garage.
From there, they can turn left into the bus storage garage overnight or turn right into the maintenance area for scheduled repairs or for mechanics to check driver-reported issues.
The same process at the current Central Avenue facility requires traveling over city streets twice, adding to fuel costs and the possibility of accidents. It also puts freshly washed buses into traffic for a few minutes, she noted.
The glass-walled front of the new building features a two-story office suite, allowing all accounting employees to work in the same area. Natural light and state-of-the-art ventilation systems are expected to improve the office workers’ environment.
“It’s a better work environment for everybody,” Lucey-Noll said.
Randy Griffith covers transportation for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/photogriffer57.