NVTA will be constructing a new state-of-the-art Bus Maintenance Facility to replace the old facility on Jackson Street.
Napa, Calif. – Today, in south Napa County, eight acres of unused land became the future site of the region’s new, state-of-the-art Vine Bus Maintenance Facility. Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-5th District) joined state, regional, and local transportation leaders to break ground on the 28,000-square-foot facility that will house a growing fleet of transit vehicles, including electric buses. The facility paves the way for public transit expansion over the next 50 years. A groundbreaking event was held at 10 AM to celebrate the occasion.
The new facility will include:
- Six service bays
- Modern bus wash
- Regional meeting center
- Transit Emergency Operations Center
- Parking for transit vehicles, employees, and visitors
- More space for bus maintenance with easier and safer access to fueling stations
- Environmentally sustainable materials using LEED principles
The facility is located at 101 Sheehy Court in the Napa Valley Gateway Business Park, adjacent to the Napa County Airport.
Currently, the leased Jackson Street bus facility is inadequate for current operations. It won’t allow for expansion, bus fleet electrification and doesn’t have visitor or employee parking. Also, without enough maintenance bays or space for a modern bus wash, the facility can’t accommodate the region’s future transit needs.
Total project cost for the new maintenance facility is $41 million, which comes from a combination of federal, state and local grants, a private bank loan, and financing from the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) from the US Department of Transportation.
“It’s exciting to see the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the major bill we just passed in November, already being put into action,” said U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-5th District). “Local facilities like the Vine Bus Maintenance Facility create thousands of local jobs and stimulate our local economy. This infusion of federal support is critical for smaller communities like Napa.”
NVTA Board Chair and County Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza noted, “The new Vine Bus Maintenance Facility is essential to be able to adapt new technologies and keep the system running safely for the many community members and visitors that count on the Vine for rides.” He added, “I’m particularly appreciative of NVTA’s leaders and staff for their vision and creativity to make this project a reality.” Alfredo Pedroza is also the Chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission which helped fund the project.
“Accessible, clean, and affordable public transportation is vital for our way of life in the Napa Valley,” said Kate Miller, NVTA Executive Director. “The Vine Bus Maintenance Facility is crucial to ensure the transit system can operate efficiently, adapt to new technologies, and grow to serve the people who live, work, and visit Napa Valley.”
In addition to Congressman Thompson and Chair Pedroza, speakers included Region 9 Federal Transit Administration Administrator Ray Tellis California Transportation Commission Executive Director Mitch Weiss and Metropolitan Transportation Commission Deputy Executive Director Alix Bockelman.
Construction is expected to be completed in July 2023.
Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) serves as the Congestion Management Agency (CMA) for Napa County, responsible for programming state and federal funds for local projects. A Joint Powers Authority, NVTA is responsible for the county’s short- and long-term regional transportation planning, working closely with its local, regional, state and federal partners to improve Napa County’s streets, highways, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. NVTA also manages the Vine Transit bus system, providing local fixed-route service in Napa, door-to-door paratransit and community shuttles, and regional express bus service throughout the North Bay.