Submitted by Mason Transit Authority

Mason Transit has completed a $10 million project to improve five park and ride facilities. MTA invites the community to a ribbon-cutting celebration October 25 at noon, at the Belfair Park and Ride multi-purpose building on Northeast Log Yard Road.

The park and ride project began in 2016 and included five new and renovated locations that increased commuter parking from 154 to 506 spaces. In addition to greater capacity, the park and rides now feature better lighting, security cameras, bus shelters, electric vehicle charging stations and attractive landscaping. More than $9 million of project cost was covered by state grants received following a highly competitive application process.

“Completion of the project couldn’t come at a better time with increased ridership and new service hours being added,” said Amy Asher, Mason Transit Authority general manager. “Higher gas prices mean more people are taking the bus and we are ready for them.”

The park and ride locations serve commuters on bus routes throughout the county and to Bremerton and Olympia. Locations include Pear Orchard at SR3, Shelton-Matlock at US 101, Cole Road, Pickering Road and Belfair at SR3.

The Belfair Park and Ride acts as a northern hub for Mason Transit and features a multi-purpose building with a break room for coach operators. Parking at the Belfair Park and Ride opened in May, with the official building dedication scheduled for October 25 at noon.

More information on Mason Transit’s park and ride locations can be found at the Mason Transit Authority website.

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