State Transportation Board member Johnny Floyd and Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr., today announced that a total of nearly $9 million has been committed to the construction of an Albany Multimodal Transportation Center at the intersection of Flint and Roosevelt avenues downtown.
The project has received all necessary state and federal funding and environmental clearances. Selection of a design firm is expected to occur as soon as August.
This is an excellent example of perseverance and hard work getting a worthwhile job done, Floyd commented, and also a testament to the benefits of the federal transportation stimulus program. Local, state and federal transit resources had put this project on the verge of success; now, the addition of $3.5 million in stimulus funds will make it a reality.
Georgia DOT is delighted to be able to help develop this facility, Smith added. Georgia in the 21st Century and beyond increasingly is going to rely on multiple modes of transportation for movement of its commerce and its people. Communities like Albany that plan ahead stand to reap the greatest reward.
The multimodal center is expected to open in 2011. It will increase the economic vigor of downtown Albany and help establish a favorable public transportation presence and identity for all of Southwest Georgia. The 2,500-square-foot facility will:
- Provide a facility for coordinated public transportation;
- Provide a terminal and support facilities for future passenger rail service;
- Provide visitors with a central location for information and comfort facilities;
- Provide advanced technologies in the areas of safety, security, ticket vending and passenger amenities;
- Eliminate difficult transit bus ingress and egress movements;
- Provide the City of Albany ownership of a permanent transit facility location;
- Serve as a transfer center for Albany Transit and intercity bus service passengers;
- Accommodate taxis, shuttle buses, charter buses; and
- Feature Park & Ride/Kiss & Ride passenger drop locations.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is a national effort to create jobs and transform America TMs economy to compete in the 21st century. Nationwide, some $48 billion in stimulus investments are being made in transportation infrastructure, including highways, public transit, high speed rail and aviation. Georgia DOT has created a Web page ( www.dot.ga.gov/gastimulus ) devoted to stimulus activities to provide specific program information and promote transparency of the process.
The Georgia Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, seamless and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgia TMs economy and is sensitive to both its citizens and its environment. For general information on the Georgia DOT, please visit our Web site ( www.dot.ga.gov ).