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Citizens get their say on Multi-Modal center

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Albany residents got the opportunity to express their opinions on Albany's plan for a huge multi-modal transportation center.

The city started planning the center 11-years ago and Thursday Georgia Department of Transportation officials say the environmental assessment is underway and the project could break ground about this time next year.

 The area between Flint and Roosevelt Avenues at north Washington Street was chosen for the site. The center will include bus, shuttle, and taxi service, and Thursday Transportation Officials said possible rail service is something that will be added more than 20 years in the future.

"It's certainly something to be thinking about as you develop facilities because we like to develop transit facilities thinking about 40 or 50 years out because they're going to be fixtures in your community," said Erik Steavens, Intermodal Programs Division Director.

Thursday transportation officials revealed the facility will like be a LEAD designed facility, meaning it will be environmentally friendly, and the first of its kind in the state. The building is expected to include pavement that reduces water runoff and recycled materials along with solar energy.

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