After years of talk and more than a million dollars, it finally looks like Savannah bus riders will have a new transfer station. Yesterday, everyone involved in the discussions voted for the new location. And it's already a popular place for buses and bus riders. The bus stop along Broughton Street near MLK is about to be a whole lot more.
"We're going to build a very nice facility," said Scott Lansing of Chatham Area Transit. "There are a lot of nice amenities for people riding the bus, it will get the buses off the street and give our employees a place to call home in the downtown area."
"I think it will be very convenient and it will cut back on traffic especially on Broughton," said bus rider Melody Perkins.
After several years of debate--and $1.3 million in research--various groups from the community finally came to a consensus on the location. All in all, most people agree this is a great site for the new transfer station, but the one argument may be the nearby parking garage on Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd. It will have to be torn down in order to put the transfer station up.
"Yes, we would tear down everything that's there, the entire garage," said Lansing, "and then reconstruct that in a way that puts the parking back that was there. Hopefully we'll be able to add some parking to it."
With limited parking in the downtown area already, some are wondering how much their lives will be affected. "Wondering where I'm going to park during the demolition, and all the jurors and witnesses and courtroom personnel are going to park," said Patty Morelli of Savannah.
Lansing says parking will be a problem, but says it's a short term problem for a long term solution. Lansing says the board still has to officially vote on the location, but he says it's shown support for it from the beginning.