Longview Moves Forward with Multimodal Transportation Center
Texas Construction News from Virtual Builders Exchange
Longview Transit and the City of Longview will build a city bus terminal across from this Amtrak station.
Posted: 1-31-2017, 12:30 p.m.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Longview (Gregg Co.) - Now that the city of Longview has received qualifications packages from interested architectural/engineering firms, the city can begin with the design phase for its Multimodal Transportation Center.
Longview has long used Magrill Park (aka Magrill Plaza) as an inter-city bus transfer center. For years, there has been a desire to construct a multi-bus transfer center with restrooms facilities that would be relocated away from the city park.
In late 2011, the Longview Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) developed a master plan to provide a centralized transportation center based around the Amtrak train depot on Pacific Avenue. The Greyhound bus station is across the street from the depot. Charter bus coaches also operate there.
The master plan would also include a Longview Transit service center and transfer station, taxi service and parking for short term and long term travelers.
The A/E Request for Qualifications had a deadline for submittal of Jan. 25. The city of Longview intends to being construction by the summer of 2017.
Scope of work and services required include an evaluation and recommendations for the demolition of existing structures, including concrete slabs, at 920 E. Pacific Avenue, provide architectural and engineering documents and construct a bus transfer center with restroom facilities.
The architectural contract documents shall be developed in accordance with the standards of the American Institute of Architects, and federal standards for historic preservation projects. The selected firm will assist Longview Transit with construction administration and oversight.
In the spring of 2016, Longview Transit applied for a Texas Department of Transportation grant. The grant was awarded in July, providing about $1.4 million to purchase the property and construct the facility.
Adolfo Pesquera is a veteran news journalist. He has previously worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He is a communications graduate of the University of Texas-PanAmerican.
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