The Santa Clarita City Council and Metro will break ground for the new 4.9 acre McBean Park-and-Ride project Thursday at 3 p.m at the McBean Regional Transit Center, located at 24375 Valencia Blvd.
The project will include 282 new parking spaces, an additional five bus bay platform to accommodate more buses and is scheduled to be completed by fall 2013, said Heather Sumagaysay, Communications Specialist for the City of Santa Clarita.
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The $4 million project will also include amenities like landscape beautification, the addition of 171 trees with 51 oak trees, a monument wall, public art exhibits, low impact site lighting using L.E.D. technology, a security system and sustainable design elements.
The expansion of the existing McBean station, which was built in 2002, will increase access to local and regional transit routes, address parking capacity issues at existing park-and-ride areas, reduce traffic and improve air quality, said Sumagaysay.
Local and federal funding partners included: the Metro Call for Projects program, which provided $2.97 million, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Congestion Mitigation and the Air Quality Improvement Program from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
For more information about the McBean Regional Transit Park-and-Ride, please visit SantaClaritaTransit.com .
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