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December 17, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Ground Broken for $6.8M Regional Transit Center
(2008-08-18)
TOP: Councilor Michael Rendon opens the groundbreaking ceremony.

MIDDLE: Dignitaries ceremoniously mark the start of construction of the Durango Transit Center, or DTC.

BOTTOM: An architectural rendering of what the center will look like when complete.
(Photos: Victor Locke, KSUT and Brookie Architects)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Ground has been broken for what is hoped to become a regional transportation hub for Southwest Colorado.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports on today's (Monday's) event.

VICTOR: The shovels full of dirt, hoisted by various dignitaries, came from a hole cut out in the asphalt in the northeast corner of what is now the downtown city car lot, between 7th and 8th Avenues.
This time next summer, the site will host a new 6-point-8 million dollar transit center.
It's what city councilor and transportation advisory board member Michael Rendon called during the groundbreaking ceremony, a big step to the future.
RENDON: THE GLOBAL CHANGES THAT ARE GOING ON, SPECIFICALLY OIL IS GOING TO AFFECT EVERYTHING AND I THINK THIS IS ONE WAY TO BE PRO ACTIVE, PLAN AHEAD, IN MAKING SURE THAT DURANGO HAS THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF THE FUTURE AND I THINK THAT THIS FACILITY IS ONE OF THOSE THAT PUTS US AHEAD AND GETS US READY, AND I'M JUST VERY PROUD OF THIS NEW CENTER AND ALL THE WORK THAT'S GONE INTO IT.
The transit center is being funded by 5.5-million in state money, made possible by approval in 2005 of referendum C, which freed up state sales tax dollars for transportation projects, a fact not lost by Region 8 CDOT Commissioner Steve Parker of Durango.
PARKER: THIS IS GOING TO BE A GREAT THING FOR DURANGO, IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT THING FOR MERCY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT THING FOR LA PLATA COUNTY.
The transit center groundbreaking also marks the expansion of service to Mercy Regional Medical Center, by the Durango "T", which will be the primary user of the facility.
In addition, the center will host buses from Road Runner, TMN&O regional buses and Durango Mountain Resort.
Ann Capela, Durango "T" manager, says services outside LaPlata County are also expressing interest in using the transit center.
CAPELA: MONTEZUMA COUNTY SENIORS, WE'VE HAD INQUIRIES FROM DOLORES, WE'VE HAD INQUIRIES FROM DOVE CREEK TO SEE HOW THEY CAN GET IT CONNECTED PARTICULARLY FOR OUR MEDICAL, REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTERS, AND THEY WOULD LIKE TO USE THIS AS A DROP OFF POINT, THE CENTER, AND THEN SEE WHERE VARIOUS PASSENGERS WILL WANT TO END UP. OUR ESTIMATES CURRENTLY ARE THAT THE CENTER CAN FACILITATE UP TO HALF A MILLION PASSENGERS A YEAR.
The center will include indoor and outdoor bike racks, and perhaps even a place where baby and toddler seats can be stored.
Construction of the center will mean the loss of about 5 dozen parking spaces at the city lot.
But the center is being designed to accommodate a possible multi level parking structure, if and when funds become available sometime in the future.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.

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