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Rabbit Transit moves to new facility

David Weissman
505-5431/@DispatchDavid
  • Rabbit Transit moved its headquarters from York City to 415 Zarfoss Drive in West Manchester Twp.
  • 250,000-square-foot facility used to serve as Pfaltzgraff distribution center.
  • Part of company's property will be donated to township for use as public athletic field.

York County's primary public transportation provider officially has a new home in West Manchester Township.

Rabbit Transit has fully moved its central operations out of York City, at 1230 Roosevelt Ave., and into a former Pfaltzgraff distribution center, at 415 Zarfoss Drive, according to a company news release.

Executive director Rich Farr said the former facility has been sold to Sunshine Holdings, but he did not know their intentions for the property. The proceeds from that sale will go toward renovations at the new center.

The new site was originally purchased with federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the release states.

Rabbit Transit's Executive Director Richard Farr, of Dover poses for a photo in the new bus hanger at the new 415 Zarfoss Drive location, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2016. Amanda J. Cain photo

Farr said the company "simply outgrew" the York City location because it now provides transportation services for residents of Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Franklin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Union and York counties.

The new facility is 250,000 square feet, compared to the 22,500-square-foot building on Roosevelt Avenue.

Farr said it was a lot of work to get everything moved, but the new building is "wonderful."

Rabbit Transit is still completing the land development process to bring its compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations online at the new facility.

Rabbit Transit receiving natural gas fueling station

The fueling station, which will also include a side that's available to the public, is expected to be up and running by the end of the year, Farr said.

Rabbit Transit's new location at 415 Zarfoss Drive, provides indoor space for 138 buses, which doubled its bus capacity at the old 1230 Roosevelt Ave. location. Amanda J. Cain photo

None of the vehicles can currently operate on natural gas, but Farr said the organization is awaiting seven new vehicles that can, with future plans to transition to a point where all of its vehicles run on natural gas.

The new facility also means a new athletic field for West Manchester Township.

Rabbit Transit partnered with the township to allow part of its property to serve as a public-use field, according to the release.

Lori Trimmer, the township's parks and recreation director, said the township is in "dire need" of athletic fields.

Rabbit Transit mechanic Steve Diehl, of Springettsbury Twp. replaces an engine turbo in the new maintenance bay Thursday, Sept. 9, 2016, at the new 415 Zarfoss Drive location. Amanda J. Cain photo

The new turf field, which will likely be available for use at some point during 2017, will mostly be used for lacrosse and football, Trimmer said.

"It's really exciting for the community," she said.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @DispatchDavid.