Port Huron City Council Votes Approval On Site Plans For Transit Center
March 13th, 2012
Port Huron City Council voted unanimously last night to approve site plans for a transit center in the south parking lot of McMorran Place. The bus transfer center and lanes of bus traffic will run north-south through the middle of the parking lot, cutting it in half. There will be parallel spaces on the Superior Mall. In its entirety, the plan calls for 297 parking spaces — including 16 handicap accessible spots. New automated parking machines and meters will be part of the overhaul. The transfer facility itself is expected to include public restrooms, an information center, public warming and waiting areas, 24-hour security through a mix of camera surveillance and staffing, geothermal heating and cooling, as well as a real-time GPS system to show where the buses are on their routes. The project is expected to come in at a cost of $9.8 million and will be paid for by a $6.86 million federal grant that has already been secured, $1.75 million from the state of Michigan and $1.2 million from the Blue Water Area Transportation Commission.