Palisade trustee Penny Prinster, also chair of the Grand Valley Regional Transpotation Committee (GVRTC), had the honor of cutting the ribbon on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, as the new West Transfer station was officially declared to be open. The new transfer center will replace the busy Mesa Mall parking lot as a main western hub at which to change routes. The Mall will remain as a stop on Route 11.
The new building offers bathrooms as well as indoor seating and a glass-enclosed ticket booth scheduled to be open from 5 a.m. through 8:30 p.m. to serve commuters. There are six covered bus bays as well as outdoor benches, bike racks and a park-n-ride lot, also to encourage commuters.
According to Grand Junction Mayor Phyllis Norris, the $3.4 million facility was paid for primarily with federal and state funds, with $2 million from the Federal Transit Authority and another $800,000 from the state. The new facility is located at 612 24 1/2 Road.