Lynchburg, VA - Next week, crews will get to work on a new Greater Lynchburg Transit Company (GLTC) bus transfer center in Lynchburg.
When the process is all said and done, the Kemper street building will be LEED certified, and will have restrooms for passengers and an indoor space safe from the elements.
GLTC has had some money troubles the last couple years, though. The project will cost $7 million.
GLTC Director Karen Walton broke down the numbers. The bus company has two pots of money: one for operations, the other for capital improvements.
The new bus center falls under capital improvement.
The current site at the Plaza is as close to a transfer center as GLTC ever had, and that's not saying much. It's more a bus stop than a bus terminal, making riders are ready for a move.
"It's cold outside and I'm stuck in the rain waiting for the bus," said Devante Taliaferro. "I'm sick of that."
We've got to stand in the cold and it's raining like today," added Jacodia Johnson.
The goal is next year this time, riders won't have to stand in the cold at the Plaza, but can sit in the cozy comfort of a new terminal on Kemper Street.
The space will have restrooms, a meeting room, even a few energy efficient touches like solar panels to keep costs down. Opinions on the new space are split.
"I'm closer to Kemper Street...it's better for me," said Taliaferro.
As for the price tag on the new station, the federal government is forking over the biggest chunk of change, 80%. The state and city are each picking up 10%.
After a bumpy couple years for GLTC, Director Karen Walton is taking GLTC down a new road, giving riders a better experience.
"That's going to be the nice part of it - what we're doing for our passengers," said Walton.
When the bus terminal's done, that one stretch of Kemper will be a transportation hub with buses and Amtrak like next door neighbors.
GLTC says don't worry about parking; they are adding two more parking lots.