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TTA completes restroom upgrades

March 3, 2019

HUNTINGTON — The Tri-State Transit Authority has completed renovations to its TTA Center restrooms after several months of work.

Jennifer Woodall, TTA assistant general manager, gave an update on the restrooms’ completion during a TTA board meeting Wednesday.

Renovations began in August and included replacing old toilets, sinks, partitions and tile flooring. The old flooring was replaced with an epoxy coating, making it easier to maintain and more cosmetically appealing. Work also included adding automatic entrance doors on the men’s and women’s restrooms for easier access for handicapped individuals.

The installation of a drain in the men’s room already proved beneficial when a toilet recently overflowed, Woodall said.

“While this project took a little longer than anticipated, we are glad to have the opportunity to make improvements to the transfer station,” she said.

Woodall also reported the TTA’s bike rack installation project will be completed within the next few weeks. Crews are installing bike racks beside bus shelters throughout the service area. Bike lockers, bike repair stations, pumps and racks will be installed at Pullman Square this week, she said.

The project was funded through the Transportation

Management Area Surface Transportation Program flex funds.

Also during the meeting, TTA General Manager Paul Davis reported ridership increased in December by more than 600 customers. However, the Dial-A-Ride service, a bus service for people with disabilities, decreased by 200 customers that same month. Year-to-date statistics showed ridership is up by more than 20,000 trips, while Dial-A-Ride decreased by more than 2,000, Davis said.

Davis said the TTA is in need of bus drivers for regular routes and the Dial-A-Ride service. At least three new drivers are needed, he said.

He said TTA management and union representatives are gearing up for contract negotiations for drivers and maintenance employees. Representatives will meet April 25 to exchange proposals, but he said a decision would be made at a later date.