SMTD groundbreaking

Several Shawnee Mass Transit District employees and local and state officials braved the rain to break the ground in Metropolis’ Industrial Park, where the more than 200 square foot depot will be built. Those gathered are from left, Zina Smith, Evrard Strang; Mike Pietrowski, SMTD; Jerri Loyd, SMTD; Patrick Windhorst, Illinois State Representative; Tony Jackson, SMTD; Jayson Farmer, Massac County Commissioner; Tony Smith, SMTD; Jo Ellen Myers, SMTD; Nancy Doss, SMTD; Kim Pind, SMTD; Sidney Miller, SMTD; Dale Fowler, Illinois State Senator; Rick Nannie, SMTD; Van Voyles, White & Borgogoni; Aaron Hodge, SMTD; Elmer Pullen, SMTD; Ron Gorst, SMTD; and Jon Murrie, SMTD.

Shawnee Mass Transit District (SMTD) busses have traveled more than 24 million miles since it first began in January 2001 when it was created. In nearly two decades the transportation district has continued to expand within the five county region and it will grow again with a new depot facility located in Metropolis.

SMTD employees, along with state and local representatives, gathered in the pouring rain on March 11 at the future site of the depot, in the Metropolis Industrial Park.

The new depot facility in Metropolis will be 2080 square feet and will house an office space and a drivers lounge. In addition it will have a 720 square foot garage, which will be used for minor bus maintenance issues.

According to Ron Gorst, the depot will have its own generator and outside lights for parking.

Gorst says currently SMTD runs seven buses out of its Metropolis depot, which include the Metropolis in-town service and tri-city service, which runs between Metropolis, Brookport and Paducah.

There will be 11 buses at the new Metropolis depot.

Construction is expected to begin within the next few weeks, with a completion date set for Saturday, Oct. 31.

The public can purchase passes online at shawneemtd.com and follow SMTD on Facebook to keep up-to-date with all the new services and information.

To schedule a ride, call 866-577-6278. SMTD is public transportation for everyone and can take people to school, their job or even shopping.

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