Rabbit Transit moves to new facility
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.