Leaders and dignitaries gathered on the Choctaw Indian Reservation on Thursday afternoon for the groundbreaking of a new transit maintenance center that will benefit areas across East Mississippi.
Tribal Chief Phyliss Anderson and MDOT Commissioner Dick Hall were on hand for the event. The new facility will benefit tribal transit vehicles, as well as vehicles belonging to other public transit operators in the region.
The regional maintenance center will be about 14,000 square feet and will cost about $2.5 million, something that Commissioner Hall says is a good investment. Hall tells Newscenter 11 that vehicles from Lauderdale, Leake, and Noxubee counties will be serviced at the new transit building, something Hall says isn't available in many areas other than Jackson.
Chief Phyliss Anderson says the groundbreaking is a day she has been waiting for for a long time now.
"Transportation is something that's needed here in this local area," Anderson explains. "And providing public transportation is something that isn't easy, but it's something that has to be done."
"And we're quite proud of it," Hall points out. "We think it's going to be an example of how you ought to do this. How you have regional corporation build one facility and saves all the communities money."
Anderson says the new facility will be finished in the fall.