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Proposed transit site sparks controversy

November 16, 2004

Albany - State and city officials are at odds over where to build a new transportation center in Albany. For four years, the Department of Transportation and the City have studied the best site for a multi-modal transportation center.

The DOT wants to build the center on land between Roosevelt and Flint Avenue. DOT says the site is large enough for city transit and rail traffic, if a rail system is constructed from Atlanta to Albany. But, city leaders argued the rail system is decades away and said moving the center from where it is now at the corner of Oglethorpe and Jefferson would hurt the Harlem business district.

"The intra-city rail system has really taken a back seat," said Commissioner bob Langstaff. "Nobody thinks it's getting out of the ground any time soon, and the funds and motivation aren't there to do it. So, we don't need to be planning a facility around intra-city rail that's a long way off, if ever."

Commissioners decided to ask the consultant who performed the current study, which the DOT paid for, to analyze the economic impact of relocating the transportation center. DOT officials say they most likely won't pay for an additional study.

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