Longview City Council to vote on bids for new transportation center

Updated: Sep. 11, 2018 at 6:28 PM CDT
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(Source: KLTV News Staff)
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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - The City of Longview is moving forward with plans for a centralized public transportation hub.

At the September 12 meeting, city council will vote on whether to approve a bid totaling just over a million dollars, to fund improvements to the city's public transportation services.

If approved, the funds would go toward the construction of a public transportation center for the city.

The center, set to be constructed across from the current Amtrak station on Mobberly would house not only the city's Amtrak buses but also city bus stops, as well as the East Texas Council of governments "Go Bus" services.

The plan also calls for relocating the current bus station at Magrill park, along with the restroom and office facility.

Construction of a bus transfer station and transit shelters are also included in the plan.

"It's long been a dream here in Longview to be able to create a multi mobile transportation center," says Shawn Hara, City Spokesperson. "What that is, it's where you bring together a lot of different transportation options in one location so that you can get off of the train get on to a bus."

If the bid is approved, construction is expected to begin in October.

The cost will be covered through a TXDOT Federal Transit Administration Grant, Gregg County, and City of Longview transit.

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