A long road trip home
Aug 15, 2013 | 3722 views | 0 0 comments | 311 311 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Eleven years after plans were first announced to build a new MOOver facility, it appears that the transportation center will finally become a reality, as we reported in last week’s edition. The Deerfield Valley Transit Association will finally have a its long-dreamed-of bus facility, complete with bus bays, offices, and a variety of up-to-date conveniences. In the process, the former barnboard factory site will be cleaned up and repurposed.

The fact that the DVTA is in this position to break ground is a testament to the perseverance of its staff and board of directors. They were able to wade through a quagmire of state and federal permitting, financing, and government grant applications that might have deterred those less determined. There were more starts and stops than the average MOOver route would see in a week.

In the case of the MOOver, it also took an act of Congress, literally, to get some of the funding to complete the project. If it wasn’t for the support of Sen. Patrick Leahy in preserving funding for the project in 2009, the building would probably not be getting under way this year, and perhaps never would be built.

The saga of the MOOver building holds a parable for others seeking to have projects come to fruition: Be dogged, stay the course, work the system, and don’t worry about having to plod along.

While many will get frustrated with that approach, it’s often the only way something can move from planning to development. Of course not every project takes as many curves as the MOOver building has taken. Some might say the DVTA process is an extreme example. That may be true, but it is a parable for how long some projects take to get done, especially when tax dollars are involved in the process.

There is at least one other project in the valley that has had an even longer shelf life than the MOOver barn. That would be the Valley Trail. First planned more than two decades ago, the trail linking Wilmington and West Dover is only now becoming a reality. While sections have been designated and built, most notably along the Route 100 corridor in West Dover, the long-dreamed-of trail between the two towns is still years away from build-out. Once again, planners and supporters have had to take the long view when it comes to the Valley Trail and its completion. We’re sure there are other examples in the valley as well.

After more than a decade of starts and stops, it looks like the MOOver and DVTA will finally have a place to call home, a permanent, modern facility. Taking the long view is often difficult, but it is also often said that good things come to those who wait. That is definitely the case with the DVTA. We know the wait will certainly have been worth it in the end.
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