New Greenville transit center to connect city to major metropolitans

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville is just a little over a year away from having a new transportation center located right in Uptown.

The plans for the Greenville Transportation Activity Center (GTAC) were discussed during Thursday’s city council meeting.

Leaders of the project said it won’t only serve city, ECU and GUC buses, but also Greyhound buses. Greyhound will take travelers to and from the Amtrak station in Wilson, which can connect them easily to major hubs like Washington, Philadelphia and New York City.

Kevin Mulligan, Greenville’s Public Works Director, said GTAC will also have a positive impact on economic development.

“Before GTAC we didn’t really have transit oriented development. As soon as that went in, as soon as that was talked about being a location, we started getting a lot of interest in the Dickinson corridor,” Mulligan said.

The facility will be surrounded by Bonner St., Clark St. and Pitt St.

Councilman Calvin Mercer said this has been a long time waiting, and he’s excited about the future.

“This is not going to be your buster station from yesteryear, obviously from this design,” he said. “I think our citizens are going to be very proud of this.”

Construction is slated to begin in the Fall of 2016, and end in September 2017.

The project will cost around $8.4 million to complete, but will be covered mainly by state and federal grants. It will only cost the city around $900,000.

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