Metro Bus project won't start until 2015

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Jul 15, 2014 at 9:12 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) The bonding bill signed by Governor Dayton this spring included just over one million dollars for St. Cloud Metro Bus to replace the roof and build an addition onto their primary operations center on Franklin Avenue.

Spokesman Tom Cruikshank says the actual construction work won't begin until next year though. He says they're doing the paperwork on the project right now. He says the project has to follow the state's, "sustainable building guidelines process, so we're going through that right now, getting all of the paperwork out of the way."

He says the roof replacement will begin next summer, and the building addition will follow. 

Metro Bus recently added 23 new buses to its fleet that are powered by compressed natural gas. Cruikshank says, "our buses need to be stored indoors here in Minnesota. We can't leave them sitting out at night. Especially in the winter time. They simply won't start in the cold."

Metro Bus requested $1.8 million for the project. The estimated cost is $2.1 million. Cruikshank says Metro Bus will worth with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to "backfill" the unfunded portion of the cost. 

Cruikshank discusses the timeline for improvements to their operations center

Cruikshank says their bus fleet needs to be stored inside

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