Greenfield: Olver Transit Center Dedicated
Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today joined Congressman John Olver in Greenfield for the dedication and official opening of the John W. Olver Transit Center. The innovative $12.8 million regional transit center funded by the federal stimulus American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is the transportation hub for Franklin County supporting public and private transit services, including future passenger rail service along the “Knowledge Corridor” Connecticut River Line.
The transit center will house the offices of the Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) and Franklin Regional Council of Governments and is expected to be a catalyst for additional investment and redevelopment in downtown Greenfield.
The 24,000-square-foot “net zero” building is designed to drastically minimize energy use through energy efficiency measures and other design features, including the potential for on-site renewable energy generation.
Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray said, “Thanks to the leadership of Congressman Olver, who has been an incredibly valuable partner to this region, federal stimulus funds have supported the development of an innovative transit center that will increase transportation options and economic development in downtown Greenfield and across the region."
“I am pleased to see this innovative investment in the future of transportation and green energy come to fruition and honored by the name designation given to this modern facility,” said Congressman John W. Olver.