Officials gathered in Raleigh today to christen a new Capitol Area Transit operations and maintenance facility. The facility is needed to accommodate a rise in demand on the city's bus fleet.
Andrew High is from congressman David Price's office. He says the money for the maintenance facility came from federal funds. High says it will help with more people using public transportation.
Andrew High: "Ridership is up 87 percent over the last decade. So this will help meet the need for additional ridership which is expected to grow, again, over the coming couple of decades. So there are already dealing with an increase and they have an expected increase in the future."
Construction started in October 2010. The 23-acre facility will hold 200 buses total. It is also apart of the city's 2030 comprehensive plan for a more livable community.