Community weighs in on new Multimodal site

Wendy Laramore doesn't want the bus station to move. / Sean Streicher

A community input meeting was held Tuesday to inform the public of the options for the new multimodal site officials are trying to bring to Albany.

"Basically we're here to inform the public on what's going on with the site selection process and get some input on their thoughts on this process," said David Hamilton, director of Albany Transit:

The city is currently discussing moving the site to the old Heritage House location, the Carmike Cinema Eight shopping center, or renovating or rebuilding on the current location, all of which carry a price tag of around $3.5 million dollars.

"I think it's foolish to spend money unnecessarily, it's fine where it is," said Wendy Laramore, who has been riding the bus since 1973.

Bus riders are saying why move the site when it's already in a convenient location.

"They can get to all the agencies, Water Gas and Light, the DFCS center, loan companies, the court house," said Monroe Davis.

Information collected at this meeting will be presented to city commissioners.

"Obviously we all know elected officials work for the people so when they inform us about what they want and how they want it down we need to listen to that," explains Commissioner Christopher Pike.

City officials say they still need to conduct environmental surveys at each of the sites at which points the plans will likely change and they will have to hold another public input meeting.