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San Joaquin RTD Opens Regional Transportation Center with a Bang

The San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) celebrated the grand opening of its $51.1 million Regional Transportation Center (RTC) in Stockton, CA, with ceremonies Oct. 15 that kicked off when General Manager/Chief Executive Officer Donna DeMartino pressed a button, cuing explosions of ribbons from nearby cannons.

“RTD continues to plan for the future of regional transportation by making strategic investments today,” DeMartino said. “With modern features throughout and lots of room to grow, the RTC will provide the necessary capacity to meet San Joaquin County’s growing transit service needs.”

The new facility, completed three months ahead of schedule and under budget, will enter operation in ­November. It provides more than 136,000 square feet of building space on a 10-acre lot. It replaces an aging, overcrowded facility originally designed for a fleet of only 50 buses, less than half the size of RTD’s current ­133-vehicle fleet.

Features of the RTC include digital camera security systems, proximity badge access controls, computerized lighting and air conditioning and networked monitoring systems, including fuel and fluid monitoring systems for bus maintenance operations.

RTD also has incorporated environmentally conscious elements in the center’s design. LED lighting in the shop will reduce electrical use and water conservation elements—­especially important during the ­current California drought—include swales (low areas of greenery) to filter groundwater and a bus wash system that recaptures, recycles and reuses 97 percent of the water it requires. The facility created more than 900 direct and indirect jobs during the construction process.

Funding for RTC construction totaled $17 million in federal money, more than $11 million from state Prop 1B and more than $22 million in local support, including $16 million in county ­Measure K funds.

San Joaquin RTD General Manager/CEO Donna DeMartino sets off a burst of ribbons to celebrate the opening of the agency’s Regional Transportation Center. In attendance are, from left, Gloria Salazar, assistant general manager/chief financial officer; board member Les Fong; board Vice Chair Michael Restuccia; board Chair Gary S. Giovanetti; board member Joni Bauer, partially blocked by Giovanetti; Wendell Krell, director of facilities, behind DeMartino; Sharon Miller, director of procurement; and board member Balwinder T. Singh.

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