JACKSON, MISS. (WTVA) -- The Mississippi Department of Transportation has announced a groundbreaking ceremony for the Oxford University Transit Maintenance and Operations Facility.
The ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 29 at 2p.m. at 409 McElroy Drive in Oxford and will feature remarks by MDOT Director of Public Transit Shirley Wilson, and former Mayor of Oxford, Richard Howorth.
The City of Oxford is partnering with MDOT and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to construct an operations and maintenance facility for the Oxford University Transit (OUT) system.
Construction of the facility is funded by a Section 5309 grant from the FTA, an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant, state funds from MDOT and local contributions from the City of Oxford.
The operation and management of the fast growing and award winning transit system is a partnership between the City of Oxford and the University of Mississippi.
The facility is on a 4.18 acre site owned by the city and consists of 5,300 square feet of maintenance area which includes a mezzanine, 1,505 square feet of office space with capability to double in the future by finishing the 2nd floor attic space, 32,266 square feet of paved bus yard, and 6,150 square feet of paved car parking.