The John W. Olver Transit Center is located at 12 Olive St., Greenfield, MA within the Greenfield Bank Row Urban Renewal Zone.
It abutts the Knowledge Corridor rail line, will house the
administrative offices of the FRTA and offices for the Franklin Regional
Council of Governments. The building has provisions for passenger rail and intercity bus service.
Passenger ammenities include rest rooms, indoor waiting area, outdoor
green space, a small cafe, WiFi service, and bicycle racks.
On Monday, May 7, 2012 the Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) opened its doors into the newly constructed John W. Olver Transit Center, the first Zero Net Energy transit center in the country. Situated on 1.8 acres, the 24,000 square foot building features 7,300 square feet of photovoltaic panels, 22 geothermal wells (which are buried 400 feet underground), occupancy sensors throughout the facility, copper screens to filter out heat while letting daylight in, chilled beams, a wood pellet boiler, a brick screen wall and other energy efficient technologies. It was designed to generate (through renewable sources) all the energy that it uses, which should result in its net-energy consumption over the course of a year to be zero.
In April of 2009, this facility became the first "shovel ready" stimulus project to move toward construction utilizing $12,800,000 in ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) funds. The total project cost was just over $15,000,000.
On May 4, 2012, dozens of public officials, including Federal Transit Administration Administrator Peter Rogoff, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Lt. Governor Timothy Murray, Congressman James McGovern, Senator Stanley Rosenberg, and MA DOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey (to name a few) joined us to dedicate the John W. Olver Transit Center to Congressman John W. Olver, in tribute to his committment to both energy efficiency and public transportation. Congressman Olver's career has spanned many decades and his leadership has been an incredible asset to this region.