Choctaw Maintenance Facility Opens

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Choctaw, Miss. Officials cut the ribbon Friday for the Choctaw Regional Maintenance Facility of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

The building is designed to help maintain the Choctaw Transit System and is a huge step forward for east central Mississippi.

"The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians have been in the forefront of trying to develop mobility options for this region. And a good part of that mobility option is to be able to maintain the substantial infrastructure we have in this region," said Charles Carr, Mississippi Dept. of Transportation director of intermodal planning.

Choctaw Transit is operated by the tribe and serves 10,000 members of the tribe, as well as individuals in the surrounding communities. Service is provided to East Central Community College in Decatur and Meridian Community College, as well as other destinations in Meridian, Jackson and neighboring counties.

Officials say the center will ensure the tribe's fleet of 40 vehicles is kept in running condition.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.