Only a couple weeks after rebranding town’s transit system, Huntsville has been awarded a $12.5 million grant to construct one other switch station and renovate the present station off Church Avenue.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao introduced as we speak the Federal Transit Administration will make the award. Some $464 million in infrastructure grants to 96 tasks in 49 states and territories had been awarded to enhance the security and reliability of America’s bus programs. Huntsville was the one Alabama metropolis to obtain a grant.
Huntsville will obtain $12.5 million to assemble a multimodal switch station and renovate its current working facility. The undertaking will enhance security and reliability, and accommodate rising ridership for Huntsville Transit.
“This grant will present a serious improve in our transportation system,” stated Mayor Tommy Battle. “When full, we’ll have the ability to present extra providers for many who need and want various strategies of transit.”
Transportation Director Tommy Brown stated the brand new switch station will have the ability to accommodate further buses, taxis, Greyhound, and ride-share applications similar to Uber and Lyft.
“As we glance so as to add extra routes and choices to our transportation community, we’ll want an expanded facility for our central hub,” stated Brown. “Our inhabitants and demand for service is rising and this places us in a fantastic place for the following 20 years to accommodate ridership and enhance our reliability and effectivity.”
The multimodal transit facility might be constructed on the positioning of the previous Sherman Concrete plant simply off of Church Avenue and Pratt Avenue. Town acquired the property to make room for the University Drive/Church Street roadway improvement project, now below building.
“Transferring the switch station will give us extra room for ready areas and public facilities like charging stations for cell telephones, laptops and even electrical autos,” stated Brown. “Following this undertaking, we’ll add a brand new constructing at our current location with providers for bus drivers similar to a lunch room, break rooms, locker amenities, automated bus wash and worker parking.”
Part 1 of the undertaking is predicted to value roughly $15.7 million. Part II renovations on Cleveland are estimated at about $three.four million.
“We are able to’t begin tomorrow due to the Church Avenue highway undertaking, however hopefully we’ll get began in 2021 and be open by 2022,” stated Brown.
The funding is from the FTA’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program.