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Butler Transit Authority to add 250 spaces to park-and-ride lot

| Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Bill Vidonic
Bill Vidonic/Tribune-Review Crews are beginning work to expand the Butler Transit Authority’s park-and-ride lot in Jackson, Butler County. The lot will expand by 250 spaces from 80.
Bill Vidonic
Bill Vidonic/Tribune-Review Crews are beginning work to expand the Butler Transit Authority’s park-and-ride lot in Jackson, Butler County. The lot will expand by 250 spaces from 80.

Crews are beginning work to triple the number of parking spaces at Butler Transit Authority's park-and-ride lot along Route 528 in Jackson.

The $1.88 million project will add another 250 spaces to the 80-space commuter lot by next summer. There will also be a shelter for transit passengers to wait under in inclement weather.

“This will benefit the southwest portion of the county immediately,” authority Executive Director John Paul said.

The authority also has received grants to build a natural gas refueling station in Butler and to retrofit some buses to run on natural gas.

“Hopefully, eventually, with the (natural gas) project, we'll be able to deliver service out to the Route 68 corridor, making Butler and Butler township more bedroom communities to Pittsburgh,” Paul said.

Once work on the parking lot begins, Paul said motorists will lose between 20 and 30 parking spots. On Feb. 1, the entire lot will close for three to five months. The length of the closure will depend on the weather and how quickly crews work, he said.

The authority is looking for alternate parking space for commuters during the construction and will announce locations as they become available.

For now, the authority said people can use park-and-ride lots along Route 488 in Portersville and Bayne Road at Brush Creek Road in Marshall.

Also, the Butler authority will use the New Castle Transit Authority's lot on Route 422 in Shenango.

For updates, visit www.butlertransitauthority.com.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

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