On Tuesday, 5/23/17, the Turlock City Council approved an agreement with Diede Construction in the amount of $5,190,000 for the construction of the 2nd phase of the Turlock Regional Transit Center (TRTC). This second phase includes a building, 77-vehicle parking lot, shade structures, passenger loading/unloading area improvements and various lighting and landscaping enhancements. The building portion will contain a public lobby, ticket window, dispatch operations, public restrooms and an undefined space for future expansion. The project will include environmentally friendly elements such as solar charging equipment atop passenger canopies and electric vehicle charging stations. The resulting project will serve both local and regional customers. Construction is expected to start within the next few months and last for approximately 12 months. Funding for the project is derived from Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 and 5339 funds, Proposition 1B grant funds, and Local Transportation Funds.
The City currently contracts out for transit operations and management services through First Transit. That contract is set to expire at the end of November 2017. The Turlock City Council has authorized the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for qualified transit operators who are interested in providing this service over a multi-year period. The Notice to Consultants (NTC) and RFP documents can be downloaded at no cost at the City's Capital Projects website. Interested bidders can sign up for a free City web account and register to receive email updates on the project, such as addenda.
The City has entered into an agreement with Gillig of Hayward, CA, to provide between 4-10 35' CNG low floor buses over the next 5 years. The first two buses under the agreement were authorized for purchase today, 5/23/17, by the Turlock City Council. Each bus will be built to City specifications and is expected to be delivered in spring 2019. A sample picture is shown below. Funding for this purchase was made available through Federal Transit Administration capital funds. In addition to these buses, the City is considering short-term acquisitions to help improve fleet reliability in the meantime.