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Bluefield Area Transit cuts ribbon on new facilities

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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - State and local dignitaries gathered Friday to officially open Bluefield Area Transit's new facilities on John Nash Boulevard.

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall joined state Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox as guest speakers at the dedication.

Bluefield Area Transit serves Mercer and McDowell counties with routes into Bluefield, Princeton, Athens and Welch.

"After 95 years, Bluefield Area Transit continues the proud tradition of public transit service in the Mercer and McDowell County areas," Mattox said in a news release prior to the event.  "BAT is an awarding winning system and is consistently a top performer in the State's rural transit program."

The new facility consists of 14,050 total square feet, which includes 5,050 square feet of administrative offices and 9,000 feet dedicated to vehicle maintenance.

The project cost nearly $3.9 million and was paid through a competitive grant application process whereby the WV Division of Public Transit, on behalf of BAT, secured a State of Good Repair Grant.

The contract was awarded to Danhill Construction Company of Gauley Bridge, WV.

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