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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

TROY-BIRMINGHAM TRANSIT CENTER

In this area, any upgrade in transit is a good thing. Hometownlife.com reports that plans for a joint Troy/Birmingham transit center venture located behind the Midtown Square at Coolidge Road and Maple Road, are moving along more quickly than before due to stiff competition among local governments for federal stimulus money earmarked for Michigan. The center will accomodate Amtrak rail, buses and taxi service. A pedestrian tunnel will connect the station to the Birmingham side of the train tracks.

The Hubbell, Roth & Clark engineering firm is expected to finish design blueprints within the next 90 days. Birmingham Planning Director Jana Ecker said the goal is to have a "shovel-ready" project by June.

Hopefully "by June" means exactly what Birmingham Planning Director Jana Ecker says. In the past, deadlines took on a different meaning for this project as, and correct me if I'm wrong, these two cities had almost a decade to build a transit center on this land after it was donated with a provision for reversion back to the developer if a transit center was not built by a specified time. The initial planning stages only began sometime last year.

Again, hopefully, all of the transit plans in the works across metro Detroit will have a logical link in the end.

Looking forward to the finished product...

See the entire article here

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1 comment:

Sean Jagodzinski said...

It's amazing how fast our local governments can move at times. Why can't that happen more often?