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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK Passengers wait Wednesday, November 22, 2017, to board an Ozark Regional Transit bus near the intersection of North School Avenue and West Center Street in Fayetteville.

SPRINGDALE -- Ozark Regional Transit has been awarded a $2.9 million grant to build a new administration and operations center.

"Third time is the charm, I guess is the best way to put it," Joel Gardner, executive director at ORT, said this afternoon. "It's the third time we have attempted to make an application to replace this building and we finally got it. Perseverance works."

The grant is from the federal Department of Transportation. Regional transit's land on Robinson Avenue on Springdale's west side is being used as a local match for the grant, Gardner said.

ORT's grant application also sought money to build a natural gas refueling facility but that was not included in the DOT grant.

"We got the administrative facility. Personally, if I was told you have to pick one or the other, I would have picked the administrative facility," Gardner said. "The facility we are in is old and it needs rehabilitation or replacement so we got enough to do the replacement of this facility and it looks like we'll start working on it right away."

NW News on 09/26/2018

Print Headline: ORT scores $3 million grant for new center

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