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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Nearly 800 people signed a petition asking Albany city leaders not to move the city's transportation hub.

The current bus station is one of three possible sites for a new multi-modal transportation center.

People gathered there, Monday, to pray that the center stays in the heart of the city.

Supporters of the downtown bus station say it is one of the things that keeps the area clicking and is vital to the success of Downtown Albany.

"Father we come right now, lifting up this petition to you," prayed Monroe Davis.

Supporters of the Downtown Albany bus station sent prayers to heaven, Monday, hoping to convince city leaders to turn the current site into a multimodal hub.

City commissioners will choose between the current location, the old Carmike Theater on Gillionville and the site of the former Heritage House.

Now supporters of the current station are speaking out.

"Right now we have 752 petitions. People saying that they need their bus station here and remodeled, so I'm standing up for them," said Davis.

One of the main reasons why supporters want to keep the hub in Downtown Albany is because of what's across the street… businesses. Businesses that rely on riders.

"It's close to everything. You got your DFCS center, Water Gas and Light, the courthouse, loan companies and other agencies that people have to go to daily," said Davis.

Supporter Willie Ross says this bus station is a historic site and he would hate to see this piece of history go to waste.

"This used to be a Trailways bus station back in my day, there's a lot of history behind this building and I'd hate to see it move. They'll be moving from a historic site," said Ross.

Bus station advocates say they will be in attendance at a public hearing on the issue Tuesday, but for now they're praying the station will stay downtown.

"Please Father, Please Father, we ask in Jesus name that you just bless us and we have our bus station," prayed Davis.

According to city officials, renovating the current bus station will be cheaper than renovating the Carmike or building at the Heritage Site, but demolishing the current bus station and starting over from scratch there would be the cheapest of all the possibilities.

That public hearing will be held Tuesday afternoon at 4 in room 120 of the Government Center.

 

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