County hopes new bus shelter will fuel demand for public transport |

County hopes new bus shelter will fuel demand for public transport

Instead of driving new buses, officials with Nevada County’s public transportation system are trying to drive demand.

Workers from Rough and Ready’s Deschaine Enterprises are constructing a new bus shelter on Pleasant Valley Road for the Gold Country Stage public bus system. The roughly $58,000 project is expected to conclude in about a month and was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Once finished, the Deschaine crew will have installed new sidewalk, widened the shoulder along Pleasant Valley and built a new bus shelter for public use.

“The old shelter was kind of rickety,” said Steve Castleberry, a principal engineer with Nevada County’s Public Works Department.

“One of the nice things about the new shelter, at least in theory, is that the better the weather protection you can provide, the more people will want to ride the bus. Nobody wants to wait in the rain. Hopefully it provides us with more fare revenue. It may be a small amount, but at least it’s something.”

Across the state other transportation agencies are using the funds to buy new buses, but Nevada County decided to go in a different direction, Castleberry said.

“What we really needed to generate was more ridership,” he said.

The workers at the company, Jason Deschaine, his father John and brother Ty, were happy to have the work, Jason Deschaine said.

“We’ve gotten into this government stuff because the residential work slowed down so much,” he said. “We used to get hired as a sub (contractor) on a lot of residential jobs, but that work isn’t there any more.”

Construction at the Lake Wildwood station started in early September.

To contact Staff Writer Kyle Magin, e-mail or call (530) 477-4239.

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