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11/19/03

CAT Transfer Station Location Problems

After years of debate, Chatham Area Transit's finally decided on a spot for its new transfer station. And while many are happy about the decision, others aren't too pleased, because the transfer station is going up where a public parking lot currently stands. Downtown Savannah will be out hundreds of parking spaces, but that's not the only problem.

With more cars than ever parking spaces in the downtown area, parking garages are essential, but the one at Broughton Street and MLK is in jeopardy of being closed down. Some say it will cause some serious problems.

"We have about 2,500 to 3,000 people a day that come to the courthouse [next door], and they could all have to find some place to park," said Judge Perry Brannen.

Most people will tell you that finding a parking spot in the downtown area is hard enough, but once this parking garage gets torn down, that's another 302 spaces that won't be available. Michael Ricketts of Savannah said, "Lots of time I can't find a parking space in the parking garage, so when you do that, you don't know where to park. When the parking garage is full, everything is full."

But some say parking isn't the only problem the CAT transit station will bring. "The present plan is to create a tunnel for bringing in prisoners into the sally port as part of the present garage, and right now, they're going to have CAT riders and felons in the same general area," said Judge Brannen.

Even though some say a bus station is needed, they also say putting it here won't solve all the problems. It may only make the ones they have now worse. County commission is set to vote on this proposed location in early December.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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