NATCHEZ — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Natchez Regional Transit Center.
The ceremony will be held Nov. 15 beginning at 10 a.m. on the corner of Wood Avenue and North Shields Lane in Natchez.
MDOT partnered with Federal Transit Administration and the city of Natchez to develop a state-of-the-art, multi-use regional transportation center. The U. S. Department of Transportation supported this $4-million project with a $3.1-million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant. The remaining funds were made up of state funds from MDOT and local matching contributions from the City of Natchez. The facility is the centerpiece of regional efforts led by the Natchez Transit System (NTS), which will coordinate public and private transportation resources.
In an effort to improve the mobility options for citizens throughout southwest Mississippi, the facility will be a regional passenger transfer hub, a modern maintenance center and a regional transportation call-and-dispatch center. It will include a park-and-ride lot, space for secure vehicle parking, and a regional training classroom along with retail space for operators of private transportation services.
NTS is a key component of the Southwest Mississippi Accessible Regional Transportation (SMART) Coordinated Services system. The system provides a variety of transportation services in southwest Mississippi. The new facility will provide training opportunities, ready access to maintenance services and vehicle sharing along with automated routing and dispatching capabilities for SMART members.
“Access to public transit services is an essential part of providing the safe, affordable and efficient transportation system that we strive to maintain,” said Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King. “We look forward to working with the City of Natchez and transit providers throughout the area to provide not only more efficient regional services, but also greater connectivity to more destinations that citizens need to enhance their quality of life. The facility will have a positive impact on the entire region.”