County Comment: New transit transfer center construction start closes alley

CAPTION: Construction of the Transit Transfer Center begins, on Wareham Place in Hagerstown



County Comment
New transit transfer center construction start closes alley
By Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer

Construction of the new County Public Transit System Transfer Center began on July 26th, and will close Wareham Place Alley, behind the County Administration Building on West Washington Street, through December.
Washington County's Public Transit System has been committed to meeting the mobility needs and improving the quality of bus service in the community. Over the last several years, County staff has worked with City of Hagerstown staff to identify potential locations for the new transfer point within the City.
Minimum requirements were developed to allow greater operational efficiency, improved driver and pedestrian safety, increased rider accessibility and convenience, increased passenger amenities, improved public image, and to allow future growth.
On June 8th, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners voted to approve the bid contract for the Transit Transfer Center and parking lot to Callas Contractors of Hagerstown in the amount of $1.01 million.
The ARRA stimulus project, between Prospect and Jonathan Streets, will provide a new transfer point for County Commuter fixed-route buses, which is now located beneath the railroad overpass on West Washington Street. The Center will have a bus entry and turn around off Franklin Street on the eastern side of the property. A shelter with seating for riders and restroom facilities will also be part of the project. The site will be ADA accessible. The remainder of the property will be developed for at-grade parking.
The Division of Public Works advises that during the construction the only access to the two small parking lots directly behind the County Administration Buildings on West Washington Street serving, the Commissioners, staff, tenants, and the bank will be from Jonathon Street. Parking in the lots fronting Franklin Street is prohibited except for approved area tenants until the work is complete.
An unrelated project that will impact the same area will see the demolition of an old parking garage on the alley. Public Works Director Joe Kroboth said this is not part of the County project, but could add to congestion.