With widespread public support, the commitment of key community institutions and a demonstrated need and promise of high-volume use, the construction of an intermodal transportation center in Greenville could be a valuable addition to the city. Providing a central location for the coordination of mass transit may seem even more crucial should the area’s population continue its explosive growth.
Supporters of this project have been passionate about its potential but have struggled to inspire confidence in key constituencies, including some skeptical members of the City Council, and especially the taxpayers who will be asked to pay for the center. That must be the first step — building public support by demonstrating a clear need for the facility — before moving forward with such an expensive capital investment.
It was 2003 when the city conducted a study of public transportation options that showed the feasibility of building a central facility that could serve as a hub for local, regional and distance bus services as well as taxicabs operating in Greenville. Applications for grant money were submitted and officials explored site possibilities for construction.
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