On July 1, 2016 MTA will be opening a general public parking area in Belfair, located at 320 NE Roy Boad Road, behind Safeway. Mason Transit Authority (MTA) is leasing the property from Northridge Properties, LLC, for a period of three years and will have the option to continue the agreement on a month-to-month basis following the three year term. The parking area will serve as a temporary location for local area residents and commuters to park until MTA completes construction of a permanent park and ride in Belfair.
Last year MTA was awarded about $10 million dollars in grant funding through the Regional Mobility Program from the Washington State Department of Transportation in order to enhance and enlarge the existing park and rides throughout Mason County in addition to building a new one in Belfair. According to Mike Oliver, MTA Development Manager, the permanent park and ride in Belfair is their first priority. They recently hired a consultant in an effort to purchase property for that permanent park and ride and it is estimated the finish date will be in late 2019 or early 2020.
Danette Brannin, MTA General Manager, stated, “The lack of public parking available in the Belfair area has long been a challenge for both the community and transit users. This interim project is great news for the community and will be a welcome benefit while we work to create a permanent park and ride.“
The temporary parking area off Roy Boad Road features 85 stalls including four ADA accessible stalls, a bus loading/passenger waiting area, as well as LED lighting. Mike Oliver stated, “MTA is thankful for the fantastic partnership with Northridge Properties and their hard work to make sure the parking area met all our safety requirements.” The parking area is free and open to the public as well as transit users. MTA’s commuter programs will be directly serving the parking area immediately. For persons using regular routes in the local area, they will need to call ahead and request the route to deviate for direct service. MTA’s goal is to provide direct route service to the parking area later this year in the fall.
MTA will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the parking area on Friday, July 1, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., located at 320 NE Roy Boad Road, Belfair, WA 98528.