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New bus facility will appear in Park Falls in 2023

27 Apr 2023 6:19 AM | WIPTA Admin (Administrator)

"It's been a few years in the works but with our growth down here we needed a place to get our buses out of the weather," said Pat Daoust. BART is a public transportation service that operates in Ashland, Bayfield, Price and Oneida County. Even though the bus system is running smoothly there is an issue in finding a place to store their buses in the winter time. "Right now three of the four buses are stored outside and we are unable to find adequate storage for them," said Pat. 

Pat Daoust the transit manager says finding a facility for the buses was his number one priority it took a while to find a spot but eventually he did. "I looked for a grant to build this building and I was able to get a grant, the city of Park Falls donated the property to us to use as local share towards the facility," said Daoust. As you can see there is nothing behind me, but grass and trees however by spring 2023 this grassland will turn into a garage facility to store buses in Park Falls.

"The maintenance facility will be just over 6000 square feet, it will have a little bit of office space but mainly its going to garage storage," said Pat.

BART bus drivers like James are excited for this new building. It will be a convenient location for drivers and they won’t have to drive lengthy distances to get inspections done. "We will no longer have to drive them up to Ashland to get them worked on," said James Powell. "Mechanics are going to come down here so that’s going to be a lot nicer for everyone involved," said Powell.

With this project in the works, Pat hopes that BART will continue to help out the Park Falls Community. "It’s great, I love when we keep growing," said Pat. "I love the fact that BART is so well received and we are able to get these projects going and done, because it just goes to show how important BART is to all of the community, he added.

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