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City to Break Ground Tuesday on Troy Transit Center

The transit center will be an Amtrak station with access to regional bus routes, taxi services and the Troy-Oakland airport.

The following information was provided by the City of Troy.

After nearly a decade of planning, the City of Troy will break ground at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on the Troy Multi-Modal Transit Facility.

The City of Troy received a federal grant for the construction of the transit center through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program and Federal Rail Administration (FRA).  The project is fully funded with federal funds; no City funding is required for the construction of the project.

The Troy Multi-Modal Transit Facility will replace an inadequate Amtrak station with an ADA-compliant, safe and secure transportation center in the City of Troy.  The Facility will strengthen transit options and provide greater mobility options through a centralized facility allowing user access to intercity passenger rail service, regional bus routes, taxi services and the Troy-Oakland Airport. 

The project includes a 2,000-square-foot building with a waiting area and public restrooms.  The facility will provide linkages to groundside intermodal facilities via ADA-compliant sidewalks and a pedestrian bridge over the tracks to a new Amtrak platform on the west side of the tracks. Elevators and stairs will provide access to the pedestrian bridge.  The new facility will also provide a SMART bus stop area sized to accommodate up to four full size buses, and a passenger/taxi drop off and pick up area.  Parking for all modes of travel will be provided in an upgraded parking area on the Troy side.

Sue Martin November 30, 2012 at 12:41 PM
I went and looked, Dale. I went several times. It's difficult to find; if you didn't KNOW it was there, you wouldn't know it was there. It's in an awkward, near-hidden location. The parking to which you refer? Residential street parking that is really for the condos and visitors to the condos. It is not meant for long-term parking for a rider of the train. In addition, to park a block away and walk up to the platform and then wait out in the elements? Not exactly ideal. So the argument as you see it has been, essentially, "Why, there's enough parking SOMEWHERE sort of close, and I don't understand why MORE folks aren't HAPPY to schlep their bags for travel down a block or two and up the platform, in rain or sleet or snow!! Why would ANYONE want close, safe and adequate parking and a warm place to wait?? That surely won't increase ridership, will it?" So let's review: poor conditions, terrible parking and inconvenient location vs. open and accessible location, proposed increased routes, more-than-adequate parking, indoor waiting and comfortable walk to enclosed platform. Oh, and bonus revenue for Troy. How awful for us.
Cathy Fucinari November 30, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Dale, I would strongly suggest you never refer to liberals as Nazi's again. That single thought demonstrated more ignorance than anything else you have said.
Dale Murrish November 30, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Cathy, I never said liberals were Nazis. I said National Socialism was leftist ideology (not the same thing; the reverse of a statement does NOT have the same meaning!), and I corrected my mistake when S.L. reminded me that communists and other liberals were also persecuted by the Nazis. Saying 1930s Nazis were leftists was incorrect. I was wrong about that! Fascism is totalitarianism of a different stripe, a cousin of communism. Both are dictators telling people how to live their lives. I never said, nor would I ever mean to imply, that any or all of today’s liberals are Nazis, even if what I actually wrote had been true. That is utterly ridiculous! So please do not accuse me of saying it or thinking it! Go back and read what I wrote the second time without your filter, please. And focus on the main point I was making: that evil must be resisted, or evil will win. I also said we need proud liberals like S.L. to make the best soup. Please be an honest, good hearted liberal, not a deceitful one who carelessly reads, misunderstands and sometimes twists what others write. I’m trying to be an honest, good hearted conservative. People who know me agree that I’m all three of those.
Dale Murrish November 30, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Sue, people see what they want to see. The 20 spots have signs that say “train parking only.” Parking is better at the new site behind Kohl’s but we gave up the walkable, bikable, upscale neighborhood that was touted by the transit center proponents. If Birmingham hadn’t backed out, their side would have been in an industrial zone. Remember, the station will be moved only a quarter mile. Supporters wanted to change the name to the Birmingham-Troy Transit Center after they had won approval for the Troy-centric project you just described as bringing more revenue to Troy. I thought we were giving up more than we were gaining, especially for the price spent. Thanks for going to look and see what was there. I did propose a warm place to wait: a replica of the original 1831 station to replace the current shelter, near the Whistle Stop Cafe, upscale restaurants and condos, at a fraction of the cost of the footbridge for Troy’s new Monument to Big Government. Go back and read my letter to the editor, linked above.
Dale Murrish November 30, 2012 at 10:45 PM
B. Yaldo, Mayor Daniels was just recalled partly over her opposition to the wasteful spending of the transit center. I’ll consider moving on to some other political issue after this battle over replacing her is finished, in December or February. In the meantime, it’s a great example of unnecessary “investment” that was opposed by many people and will be helpful as we choose leaders whenever the next elections are. So you can expect it to resurface as a hardy perennial in future campaigns. Please read my FLL blog post and consider coming to tomorrow’s FIRST LEGO League robot state competition for a change of pace if you’re tired of politics. The young people will have creative displays on how to help senior citizens and some awesome robots. It promises to be a fun day. http://troy.patch.com/blog_posts/first-lego-league-2012-senior-solutions

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