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Fayetteville, NC 28301
|City Receives $8 Million Grant for Multimodal Center||7/24/2012|
(Fayetteville, N.C.) – The City of Fayetteville has been awarded a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant for $8 million to construct the downtown Multimodal Transit Center, which will be utilized by the Fayetteville Area System of Transit (FAST). The project was selected on a competitive basis through the fiscal year 2012 Bus Livability Program.
A ceremony to celebrate the grant will be held Thursday, July 26 at 10 a.m. at the Multimodal Transit Center’s future site across from the Medical Arts Center in downtown Fayetteville. The Multimodal Transit Center will be located along Robeson Street in the block bounded by Franklin, Winslow, and Russell streets. Mayor Tony Chavonne and FTA officials will speak at and attend the event. Light refreshments will be served.
The Multimodal Transit Center, which has been in development for over six years, has been projected to cost $12-$15 million when all portions of the project are complete. The $8 million announced by FTA will provide 80 percent of the cost to construct the basic transit portions of the facility, which is estimated to cost just over $10 million. The remaining phases of the project include leasable retail and office space to benefit and support transit users.
The center will be attractive and convenient and will feature customer-friendly amenities and a LEED Silver minimum green design. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the most widely recognized and used green building certification program across the globe. The building will be energy efficient, allow for water collection and reuse, and will include a pervious pavement design outside.
“FAST is extremely excited that the Multimodal Transit Center will become a reality as the result of this FTA grant, which is the largest FTA Bus Livability Program grant ever awarded in the state of North Carolina,” FAST Director Randy Hume said. “We are fortunate to acquire these funds, and we wouldn’t have reached this point if it weren’t for the hard work of our FAST staff and the commitment the Fayetteville City Council has made to improve our bus system. I want to thank the FTA for this grant and look forward to opening the Multimodal Transit Center. Most importantly, this new center will be the type of facility our transit customers have long awaited and they deserve.”
The Multimodal Transit Center is yet another feather in the cap for a FAST system that has considerably improved the last few years. Since 2008, the City has made consistent efforts to improve public transit services by adding 26 percent more service, more benches and shelters, and new buses. Transit ridership has also increased 76 percent from 2009 to 2012.
Design for the center is already underway and the site has been environmentally approved. Once the building opens, it will be convenient for Amtrak customers; better serve areas west of downtown, which is most of the FAST service area; and strategically located for services related to Bragg Boulevard redevelopment. The current Old Wilmington Road Transfer Center, which has been the “temporary” base for FAST operations since 2002, will be returned to its intended use as part of the HOPE VI redevelopment.
For more information about FAST, log onto www.ridefast.net.