Thursday, June 25, 2009

Council Gives Go Ahead to Bus Station

The City Council has given a thumbs up to the County's proposal for constructing a BRATS bus station on Fairhope Ave next to Compass Bank (behind the Big Lots store). According to County Administrator Michael Thomson and Commissioner David Bishop, $200,000 is available from the Federal "Stimulus Package" for the station-- which would include parking for buses/passengers, restrooms, shelter from weather and an office for security (sheriff). [Currently, the nearby Hardee's parking lot is being used for BRATS pick-up/parking.] According to Thomson, the 1.61 acre site would allow for future expansion toward the ultimate goal of a "transportation hub" with fixed routes between cities in Baldwin County and Mobile. In what Bishop called a "joint effort with municipalities" the City is being asked to provide the funding to lease the property (20yrs) for $2000/mo--beginning next Spring. City Co-Administrator Greg Mims: "We think its a good idea." Spanish Fort and Daphne will be participating in similar projects as well, according to Bishop

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