Facility to accommodate future city growth and transition to zero-emission bus fleet

 Commerce, CA 

Global design firm Stantec is supporting the City of Commerce with the development of a new transit and public works operations and maintenance facility. The new facility will accommodate the current and future bus fleet to serve the city’s transit system’s needs, including the transition to zero-emission buses (ZEBs) in alignment with California’s clean energy mandates.

The Commerce transit system, consisting of heavy-duty coaches, heavy-duty buses, and cutaway paratransit buses, is anticipating growth as ridership increases in the City. As the fleet grows, additional space is required for operations, maintenance, parking for buses and employees, and fueling infrastructure. The current transit center—located at 5555 Jillson Street and originally designed by Stantec—has effectively served the city for nearly 30 years. Significant growth of transit operations, as well as new infrastructure needs related to the transition to ZEB transit is driving the need for a new facility.

The new Transit and Public Works Operations and Maintenance Facility will be located on approximately 6.5 acres at a former power generation plant, which will be repurposed and rebuilt with resiliency in mind. The project will consist of a 20,000-square-foot administration and operations building, a 15,000-square-foot maintenance facility, site improvements for staff/visitor parking, and on-site fueling and washing. The administration and operations building will house offices, a training room, a drivers’ room, and restrooms and lockers. The maintenance facility will house repair bays, paint and tire shops, and maintenance support spaces.

“It’s exciting to build on our longstanding relationship with the City of Commerce to help deliver a new transit and public works operations and maintenance facility that will accommodate today’s needs, with the flexibility for future growth,” said Patrick M. McKelvey, Stantec Senior Principal. “The need for alternative energy has never been greater as we help transition the city fleet from conventionally fueled vehicles to electric and hydrogen. This is a facility we expect will maintain transit buses and fleet vehicles for decades to come.”

Stantec is providing architectural, interior design, structural, ICT, security, civil, survey, and landscape architectural services on the project.

Stantec is at the forefront of transforming transit in California. The firm is working with multiple transit agencies to lead the transition to zero-emission buses, including Big Blue Bus in Santa Monica, Riverside Transit Agency, Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, Napa Valley Transit Authority, San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority, Fresno Area Express, Anaheim Transportation Network, and Orange County Transit Authority. Stantec is also supporting LA Metro’s Purple Line Extension project, which will provide a high-capacity, reliable transit alternative for commuters.

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