Transit center seen as boost to neighborhoods

The possible transit center in the Troy/Birmingham area could boost neighborhoods and communities financially.


The proposed Troy/Birmingham Transit Center could be a financial boost to nearby neighborhoods and the catalyst for improved public transportation in metro Detroit, according to Brian Murphy, assistant city manager for Troy.

Murphy, speaking to the Troy Democratic Club on Wednesday at the Troy Community Center, said the proposed $7 million transit center for riders of bus, train, taxi and potentially light rail, is an investment in the city’s future.

The two cities have set aside $1.7 million to develop the three-acre parcel behind the Mid-Town Square and are hoping a project manager hired for $7,500 a month will help secure more funding.

“(A transit center) is not only good for what’s now, but what’s later,” Murphy said. “If we show (elected officials) we use it, it helps us get more money so we can get more transportation.

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