The City of Tallahassee announced at Wednesday’s city commission meeting that a new transit center will be created on the south side. The Transit Center will be located at the corner of Orange Avenue and Meridian Street. StarMetro began planning for the transit center in 2013, when it appeared in the transit agency’s plan for a super-stop location.
The facility will include a multi-bay area for more fixed-route buses, a ticket office and more.
It will also incorporate historic and community art and safety equipment to prevent crime.
According to city documents, the center will also make improvements to stormwater in the area, including restoring ponds.
Commissioner Curtis Richardson, a South Side resident, said he looks forward to the addition and hopes it will bring more to the South Side of the city.
“I mean it can’t happen fast enough… I was there this morning, and it looked like there were probably about half a dozen mattresses or more. I see this all the time when I pass there and so I’m really looking forward to this addition to the south side of Tallahassee and what it’s going to do for our citizens in that area,” Richardson said.
Stanley Sims, a Tallahassee resident, told the meeting that he was worried the center would bring traffic, but still wanted to see it thrive.
“…. That mitigating factor of that roundabout on the opposite side…sometimes there’s a backup and we just have to be careful,” Sims said.
City Manager Reese Goad also commented on the transit center. “I think it would really improve the service for our runners,” Goad said.
The city is also in Phase 2 of community engagement, which includes meetings with neighborhoods and organizations to get community feedback.
The installation is in the environmental and design phase, which is expected to take 18 to 24 months.
StarMetro will also begin seeking financing for the bay once it has obtained all construction permits.
The city expects a design for the facility by late spring or summer pending meetings with architects and engineers.
The city will host a South Side Transit Center Day this Saturday to learn more about the new facility coming to the area.
For those interested in learning more about the installation, the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the site of the proposed project.