Grand opening of Tinloy Transit Center in Grass Valley |

Grand opening of Tinloy Transit Center in Grass Valley

People attend the grand opening of the Tinloy Transit Center on Tinloy Avenue in Grass Valley Wednesday morning.
John Hart/ | The Union

The Tinloy Transit Center celebrated its grand opening in Grass Valley Wednesday following its construction and the start of service.

The transit center was previously located at Church and Neal streets, which was found to be too congested with traffic, inaccessible and unsafe in a study conducted by multiple agencies in 2006-07.

“It’s beautiful and shows what you can do when all different jurisdictions work together,” said Grass Valley City Councilwoman Jan Arbuckle. “It’s especially important to us in Nevada County because of the close proximity of Grass Valley and Nevada City.”

The $1 million project was funded using federal, state and local funds and serves as the one and only transfer hub for Gold Country Stage.

The transit center involved the total reconstruction of Tinloy Street between East Bennett and Bank streets, including new parking, street lighting and ADA-compliant sidewalks.

The station also includes a restroom with safety equipment and supplies, available to bus drivers only, and a storage area with emergency and medical supplies and equipment, as well as covered shelters for passengers and enough space for four buses simultaneously.

Officials say the project’s completion serves as an example of cooperation between multiple agencies, as the Nevada County board of supervisors, Grass Valley City Council, Caltrans and local contractor Hansen Bros. Enterprises and architecture from Siteline Architecture, as well as other local companies, worked in conjunction.

The previous transfer area, which existed for about 30 years, was not only congested with traffic, but was also unfit for American Disability Act accessibility and safety and security, said Transit Services Manager Susan Healy-Harman, adding that ridership has increased since the Tinloy bus stop was created last year.

“It’s a civic improvement, not just a transit improvement,” she said.

“When you see a project like this get completed, it gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment.”

The aesthetic of the transit center is also in line with the downtown feel of Grass Valley, said Grass Valley City Councilman Howard Levine. “One of the great things we were able to get through was our downtown design plans and incorporate similar colors into the design, like that of the trash cans and other colors in downtown Grass Valley. So we had consistency, and that was something we wanted.”

The previous transit center was “an accident waiting to happen,” Levine said, and the buses would oftentimes stick out on Neal Street, which no longer applies with the new location.

Transit services are also launching a solar lighting project in all bus shelters, which will add another layer of safety and deter illegal activity, Healy-Harman said, adding the bids and funding are still pending.

“Our new slogan is ‘Work or play, we’re going your way,’” she said.

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email or call 530-477-4230.

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