Petersburg Virginia

By Zach Armstrong

PRINCE GEORGE, Va -- The City of Petersburg broke ground Wednesday for a new Park and Ride facility to help increase travel accessibility throughout the tri-cities.

The new facility will allow long-distance commuters to park their vehicles or bikes at a convenient location and then finish their commute using alternative transportation modes such as carpool, vanpool, bus, train, bike or walking.

The station will provide 215 parking spaces covering 76,500 sq. ft and will be 3 ½ stories tall.

These lots were created by the Virginia Department of Transportation to benefit travelers in the commonwealth with reduced stress and expenses.

Carpooling can save time by using the HOV lanes which are less congested while commuters have extra time for other tasks. Alternative transportation methods also allow commuters to save money on gas, car maintenance and tolls.

Communities benefit because there are fewer vehicles on the road adding to pollution and congestion. Businesses also benefit because employees who commute in carpools and public transit tend to be less stressed when they come to work and stay with their employer longer with several transportation options.

The Park and Ride project was presented and approved by City Council on March 5, 2019. Construction is set to begin on Dec. 15, 2020 and be completed by Dec. 22, 2022.

The project will be located behind the transit center and the two adjacent parcels at 38 and 42 S Union Street.  The buildings that currently stand at the location were built in 1912 and purchased by the city to become a Transit Center Parking garage in 2007. According to an appraisal report in 2015, both buildings were open to the elements and fair to poor condition.

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