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Multi-modal transportation center gets money

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This site used to be the Trailways Bus terminal This site used to be the Trailways Bus terminal
City Commissioners approved $211,000 for an environmental assessment City Commissioners approved $211,000 for an environmental assessment
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A proposed transportation center in downtown Albany is one step closer to becoming a reality.  

Tuesday, city leaders approved $211,000 for an environmental assessment of the former Trailways bus station on Oglethorpe Blvd., named the locally preferred alternative site.   

The city manager's office applied for an exemption to a full study, with the hopes of reusing data from the previous study at the original site on Roosevelt Avenue, a few blocks away. 

"When you're using federal and state money, sometimes you have to jump through hurdles," said Jon Howard, Albany City Commissioner.  "And it was one of the requirements that if we're going to use this site as a locally preferred site, they would require another environmental assessment of the site before we can begin construction."

The Roosevelt location was abandoned after Native American artifacts were discovered.   The request was denied, and leaders must now conduct a new survey to secure millions of dollars in federal funding for the project.  

Leaders say $4 Million in federal funding has been dedicated for the multimodal site, but over $900,000 in construction funds would have been lost with further delay.  

 

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