Metro operations to begin Monday at former Peterbilt site in Madison

Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 11:40pm

Metro operations at Madison’s former Peterbilt manufacturing facility will begin in earnest on Monday morning with the start of four bus routes operating out of the location.

A few dozen Madison residents gathered at the Madison branch library Thursday to hear plans from Metro officials regarding the joint use of the 66.5-acre site by the Metro Transit Authority and the Metro Nashville Police Department’s newest precinct.

Patricia Harris-Morehead, communications director for MTA, said some maintenance staff started moving into facility this week. The Madison connector (route 76), the Gallatin Road BRT (56), the Rivergate express (35X) and the Gallatin Road (26) will roll out from there on Monday.

MTA administration is expected to move to the site at 430 Myatt Drive later in the summer and will share one of the site’s three buildings with the new Madison police precinct expected to open in January.

Transit maintenance workers and part of the police department’s Special Operations Department will split another building, while the rest of the SOD will share space in the 42,500-square-foot building with a new crime lab expected to open in mid-2012.

The crime lab (to include new DNA analysis equipment) will take up the majority of the former building, something Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson said was a much welcomed upgrade from the 5,000-square-foot converted warehouse behind the downtown headquarters currently being used for crime investigation.

The department has already started the process of looking to fill 25 positions in the crime lab, including DNA experts, and will be filling 60 new police jobs. Anderson said he would start the process of selecting a new precinct commander and leadership staff in the fall.

1 Comment on this post:

By: treehugger7 on 3/25/11 at 7:06

This is a great example of repurposing old industrial spaces. As a Madison resident, I am pleased to have a precint near. I would like to see more rehabing and less new construction. I think the recession will lead to more of this, and hopefully less new construction on virgin lots. Now, you guys, don't start riffing on the virgin land concept!