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Bus transfer center may be on the move


Eau Claire (WQOW) - The transfer center for city buses in Eau Claire could soon be in for a transfer itself.

A new, larger building at a different location.

On Wednesday night, the Eau Claire Transit Commission will have an update on the project.

"It's just not a good facility. It's kind of an eye sore in the community," said Mike Branco, Eau Claire Transit Manager.

Buses come and go from the downtown transfer center about every 30 minutes or so. But it's been about 30y years since the center was built.

"It doesn't have proper facilities, restroom facilities. It doesn't have a customer service counter," Branco explained.

There's also the issue of rust, and that's just the inside.

"The Transit Center location is not only inadequate for people, it's also not big enough for all the buses we need to run through there. And our location will definitely not support any expansion of the system, and we do need to expand," said Donna Berry, Eau Claire Transit Commission Chair.

The transit commission is hoping any new location would have room for at least 16 buses to drop off and load passengers. Right now the current location only has room for about ten.

That's why like the list of stop locations, the transit commission is looking for alternatives.

"A couple of lots that have been thrown out is the Wood Motor lot, I think it used to be an auto dealership place downtown. It's kitty corner to where we currently are."

There's also interest in a spot near Putnam Street behind Banbury Place. But there are concerns with moving too far from the current location.

"Even a couple miles away, that would really cause trouble for some of the route times," Branco said.

The transit manager says money has been set aside for a study to look at designs and locations for a future transit center. They hope to start reaching out to engineering firms early next year.  The total cost of building a new transfer center is estimated at $4.6 million. A grant is expected to pay for 80% of that.

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