The Birmingham City Council approved the first contract for the downtown Intermodal Transit Facility today.
The council awarded the $2.57 million contract to Taylor and Miree Construction. That group will be responsible for site preparations, rock removal and building a temporary bus station for the BJCTA while the current facility is removed.
The $30 million transit Central Station will be located on Morris Avenue. The BJCTA, Greyhound and Amtrak train station will be housed in the new facility, which should make it easier to travel through Birmingham.
"Well we are always looking for ways to offer customers seamless convince to other modes of transportation and this will provide such an opportunity for that," said Lanesha Gipson, spokesperson for Greyhound. She noted that Greyhound is part of other mass transit hubs in larger cities, and the plan seems to be working.
"Not having to go to one place to get on a bus or cab to get to another place it just seems redundant and having everything together make it so much simpler. Save time," said Tripp Smallwood, who is traveling to Atlanta. "I like the situation where it set up down here already and I think when you set it up to be in one place, I think it would be good for everybody. It can actually save gas and fuel and cut down on carbon footprint everything will be together."
A federal transportation grant will fund $23.6 million of the project. The city will be responsible for $6 million of the cost.
The facility is slated to open in 2015.