PBR HAWAII successfully completed the preparation and processing of an environmental assessment for the County of Hawai‘i Mass Transit Agency (MTA) Base Yard and Maintenance Facility in Hilo. The MTA provides island-wide public transportation for the County of Hawai‘i, administrative support to the Hawai‘i County Transportation Commission, and oversees taxicab operators. Currently, it is located on Railroad Avenue in the Schultz Siding facility where it shares limited space with the Department of Public Works. The proposed base yard and maintenance facility is necessary because the MTA has grown significantly over the years and is in need of its own facility to improve efficiency and the work environment.
The site plan of the proposed Base Yard and Maintenance Facility includes construction of a 26,500 square foot building with 19,500 square feet of warehouse space for transit vehicle maintenance, washing, and repair. The building will also include office space for administrative staff who oversee daily transit operations as well as storage space.