Joint bus station planned near mall
Mesa County commissioners signed off Monday on the purchase of a parcel of land north of Mesa Mall where Grand Valley Transit and Greyhound Bus Lines Inc. will build and operate a joint bus station.
A $760,000 federal grant will cover the bulk of the $950,000 cost to buy the 3.7-acre site at 612 24 1/2 Road. The county will contribute $123,500, while Grand Junction, Fruita and Palisade will pick up the remaining $66,500 balance.
GVT and Greyhound hope to begin construction next year on a station that would replace GVT’s transfer station at Mesa Mall and Greyhound’s longtime station at 230 S. Fifth St. in downtown Grand Junction.
The price tag to design and build the station is estimated at $5 million, with the federal government expected to pick up about 80 percent of the cost.
The new station would benefit both agencies.
For GVT, it’s in close proximity to several major destinations and frees up buses from having to navigate the mall’s ring road and parking lot to pick up and drop off employees.
For Greyhound, it’s more convenient for customers who are visiting Grand Junction and could then hop on a GVT bus to get elsewhere in the valley.
“One of the advantages to the new site is that it would be far closer to entrances and exits off I-70,” said Michael Timlin, district manager for Greyhound in Denver.
“It’s more efficient to operate out of that site.”
Greyhound buses have been running out of the station on Fifth Street for more than 60 years, but as the city has grown and traffic increased, maneuvering buses in and out of the station has become more difficult.
Todd Hollenbeck, manager of the county’s Regional Transportation Planning Office, which oversees GVT’s operation, said the new station is expected to feature a park-and-ride area, ticket sales for both Greyhound and GVT, an indoor waiting area and food service.
In other business, commissioners approved a $347,237 contract with Gould Construction of Glenwood Springs to build an 840-foot concrete path that will connect to the pedestrian bridge under construction over the Colorado River just east of 32 Road.