The City of Amarillo is seeking grant funds that could ultimately result in the construction of a new facility that will support several kinds of transportation.
During Tuesday’s Amarillo City Council meeting, members voted 5-0 to authorize an application for a $300,000 Texas Department of Transportation competitive grant as a means of conducting planning for the development of a multimodal transit facility.
“The exciting part about it is we will be combining our efforts with Greyhound,” Amarillo Transit Director Marita Wellage-Reiley said. “Greyhound’s facility is aging, in need of some repairs and they’re looking for an alternative place to serve their customers and we’re interested in the combined energy a multimodal facility brings to the area.
“There are a lot of different things we can do within the framework of that multimodal facility, such as bike rental and bike storage while other communities have done parking structures with it, so it’s an opportunity for redevelopment and good service for all.”
Wellage-Reiley said the initial step calls for the city to place the endeavor out for bid for a consultant.
“This is necessary because this is a fairly large effort that’s multiphased and we don’t have the staff to execute a project of this scale,” she said. “We’ll hire a consultant and it’ll take about 12 months to complete that phase. The next phase is for needs analysis, site evaluation, site identification, appraisal and a building schematic. After that it would be purchasable property and the construction if we get that far.”
Officials said the study would consider and expand upon Transit Master Plan recommendations while also incorporating consideration of intercity transit services provided by Greyhound.
“We’re very excited about the possibilities that exist with this project,” Wellage-Reiley said. “This is part of our vision and mission that we will operate a reliable, efficient and customer friendly service for the people of the community.”