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Posted on: April 6, 2018

Grant Allows for Multimodal Transportation Center

A $4.5 million Federal Transit Administration Grant will provide for the construction of a multimodal transportation center for Jacksonville. It will serve bus, transit, bicycle and other forms of transportation at one central location.

The latest grant to construct the Jacksonville Area Multimodal Transportation Center adds to prior year grants from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The total cost is estimated at $9 million for the project expected to be built on land that had been part of the Camp Lejeune railroad near Marine Boulevard and Thompson Street.

"This is exciting to be able to build this project to benefit our Citizens with very little City money involved," said Mayor Sammy Phillips. "This brings our transportation efforts together in one place. Bus riders, transit riders and even the bus to Amtrak all can be found at one place. And, it will be at the head of our Rails to Trails route to Camp Lejeune."

When the railroad withdrew from the area, the Camp Lejeune connection was also abandoned by the Navy. The City acquired rights to the land that allowed the construction of trail, and to the land where the Multimodal Transportation Center is to be built adjacent to the trail.

Jacksonville was one of two communities in North Carolina to be awarded grant funds through the discretionary Bus and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program, receiving the $4.5 million in Federal funding to construct the Jacksonville Area Multimodal Transportation Center. These funds, along with prior year grant appropriations from FTA, comprise a majority of the $9 million project budget. NCDOT has committed another $755,000 to support local match and is in the process of identifying additional funds to match the City’s property contribution ($900,000 value). With the additional NCDOT funding, the project is fully-funded for construction based on current estimates.

The Multimodal Center will connect multiple modes of transportation into one location including fixed-route transit, intercity bus, taxis, paratransit, regional rail, bicycle and pedestrian use. The facility will also provide public transportation users with amenities that do not currently exist creating a positive transit gateway for the City of Jacksonville and the community at large. Ultimately, the Center will improve the accessibility, convenience and safety of public transportation options for our community.

In all, the FTA announced about $264 million in project. A total of 139 projects will receive funding from FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program.

Click to view initial drawings for the Jacksonville project.
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