Pontiac breaks ground on transit hub

The new Pontiac Transportation Center,
which will be home to both a Greyhound bus and Amtrak train stop, will
break ground in about two weeks.

A groundbreaking ceremony was
held last week for the new station, which is expected to be completed by
next summer. The state is funding the entire $1.4 million cost, says
Janet Foran, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of
Transportation
.

The building will have several green
features, including a white roof to reflect the sun, and bioswales,
natural collection points for rainwater, which then filter it through
native plants instead of draining it into the sewer. Lighting will also
include compact florescent bulbs.

The actual work is expected to
begin in about two weeks. “We hope to have a ribbon cutting next
summer,” Foran says.

The facility will be at 51000 Woodward Ave.
and serve as a hub for mass transit, including Amtrak’s Wolverine
service to Chicago and Greyhound’s eight daily routes through Pontiac.
There is also a SMART bus stop within sight of the new facility.

During
the construction, passengers for a train or bus will either have to go
online or to another facility to buy tickets. The previous
transportation center was demolished in 2008.

Source: Janet
Foran, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Transportation

Writer:
Kristin Lukowski