McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Breaks Ground on $51.1 Million Regional Transportation Center for San Joaquin Regional Transit District

RTC GroundbreakingStockton, CALIF., – McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (“McCarthy”) and the San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) recently broke ground on the $51.1 million Regional Transportation Center (RTC), a facility that will dramatically improve transit in San Joaquin County. The new RTC will replace an aging, overcrowded facility originally designed for a fleet of only 50 buses, less than half of the RTD’s current fleet. The project is expected to complete by the end of 2015.

“This new Regional Transportation Center is such an important project for RTD, and more importantly, to the regional community. This facility will improve the quality of public transportation infrastructure and service and be a critical driver of future economic growth,” said Tim Albiani, McCarthy’s project director. “We are committed to extending the benefits of this major project through a focus on subcontracting and hiring within the surrounding communities.”

McCarthy is utilizing a design-build project delivery methodology to provide an exceptionally high quality and operationally efficient facility that is sensitive to the cost objectives established by RTD. McCarthy is also embracing and implementing RTD’s desire to employ and subcontract to regional businesses and residents of San Joaquin County and the City of Stockton. McCarthy has long been building within the County. Its first Stockton project was the Kaiser Stockton Medical Center that completed in 1990, and it most recently completed the California Health Care Facility, a 1.2-million-square-foot medical detention facility on Arch Road, as a joint venture with Clark Construction Group.

The RTC will dramatically improve operational efficiency and safety, and provide the required capacity needed to expand transportation services within San Joaquin County. The new facility will be built on the property RTD acquired as a temporary “overflow” site, where buses are parked and light maintenance is performed in a converted warehouse. A new Fuel and Wash Building will accommodate servicing up to four buses simultaneously and will also support brake and tire repair.

Added Albiani, “The new Maintenance Facility will have state-of-the-art lifts to better service the entire bus fleet, including RTD’s new 60-foot-long articulated buses.”

These improvements will directly benefit RTD’s customers by lowering operating costs while also enabling RTD to provide cleaner, better-maintained buses even more efficiently. Through this increased efficiency, RTD should be able to increase services on the street. In addition, the RTC will be built to consume less energy, thereby reducing environmental impacts while supporting regional public transit services.

“The Regional Transportation Center is one more way RTD is building a better transportation system for our region,” said RTD General Manager/CEO Donna DeMartino. “This project will benefit RTD immediately upon its completion, and will continue to benefit the community as a whole for decades to come through improved efficiencies and increased services.”

The RTD held a celebratory groundbreaking event on March. 21, which featured a number of local dignitaries, such as San Joaquin Council of Governments Executive Director Andrew T. Chesley; City of Stockton Vice Mayor Paul Canepa; Federal Transit Administration Region 9 Deputy Regional Administrator Edward Carranza; and RTD General Manager/CEO Donna DeMartino. Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) contributed a keynote address.

“RTD provides economic, air quality, and traffic reduction benefits for San Joaquin County,” said Congressman McNerney. “The new RTC is the kind of investment in our infrastructure that creates jobs and is a big part of getting our economy back on track. I’m proud to have helped bring home federal funding for this worthwhile project.”

The RTC project is funded by the Federal Transit Administration, Measure K (the half-cent sales tax dedicated to transportation projects in San Joaquin County), and the State of California Proposition 1B Program.

About McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
At McCarthy, we’re just getting started. For 150 years, McCarthy has been building communities across America, both by constructing essential projects communities rely on, as well as by helping those who need assistance. Knowing how to build from preconstruction through completion is a tradition that will continue as McCarthy endeavors to advance the value of its expertise and deliver the highest quality, job-site safety and ultimately, the best final project costs. McCarthy is ranked the largest general building contractor in California and largest healthcare and educational facilities builder in California. (ENR California, July 2013). Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy has approximately 1,700 salaried employees nationwide. McCarthy has offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, Newport Beach and San Diego, Calif.; St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Dallas, Houston; and Albuquerque. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company’s history is available online at www.mccarthy150.com or by following the company on Facebook,Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

About San Joaquin RTD
San Joaquin RTD is the regional transit provider for San Joaquin County. For more information about the Regional Transportation Center, visit RTD’s http://www.sanjoaquinrtd.com/rtc/ and follow on Facebook andTwitter.

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