MARTINSBURG — At the Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority’s meeting on Monday, the board of directors, along with executive director Elaine Bartoldson, moved forward with plans for the EPTA transit center.
At the September meeting, Nic Diehl, chairman of EPTA’s board of directors, said the organization was excited about the future project. Also in September, the Design and Engineering Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was launched for the Race Street Transit Center project.
This month, the project moved on to the next steps.
“At Monday’s meeting for the transit hub, they went over the proposal we had put out to tender. We put out a RFP for the design and engineering of the transit hub project, and through the process we got a proposal from the top-ranked company,” Bartoldson said. “On Monday, the Board voted to accept Michael Baker’s bid for Task 1 Design and Engineering. Once we have all the paperwork in place, we will post a notice. to do that.”
She said that in this process, two companies — Michael Baker International and Buchart-Horn, both of Pennsylvania — were interviewed, as they were ranked by the committee.
“The top-ranked company had the opportunity to come back and quote and then we were able to negotiate it from there, which was Michael Baker International,” Bartoldson said.
On another note, she also reported that the organization is returning to its normal staffing levels – with one exception.
“Vice Principal Amanda Sink has resigned to take up another position,” Bartoldson said. “I’m really happy and proud of her. It’s a big step for her, and it’s an opportunity for growth. We’re really sad to see her go.
She said the job posting is officially posted on LinkedIn, the EPTA website and Indeed.com.
Bartoldson had positive things to say about staffing in general, noting that there is currently room for two more full-time drivers.
“We’ve been very successful in maintaining the ones we have and bringing in new riders, as well as some returning ones,” she said. “Federal guidelines will change, regarding CDL driver certifications, on February 7 – standards on how you get a CDL license and additional endorsements you have on top of that.”
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