Signs of progress at TARTA’s planned central hub

Signs of progress at TARTA’s planned central hub
A new sign declaring the home of TARTA's Downtown Transit Center recently went up next to the former Goodwill building on Cherry Street.

TOLEDO (WTOL) - Travel past the former Goodwill building on Cherry Street and you’ll see signs of life - quite literally - after more than a year of appearing vacant.

A new sign declaring the site the home of TARTA’s Downtown Transit Center has been erected, and workers were on the roof Tuesday, preparing the building for its planned summer opening.

The first phase of lobby remodeling is underway, and when finished the lobby will feature a climate-controlled waiting area, security and information booths, handicapped-accessible restrooms and an updated interior.

Passengers will catch buses and buy passes at the central bus station, and the new location means the abandonment and demolition of some TARTA stations along its downtown loop.

Workers are transforming the former Goodwill building on Cherry Street into TARTA's Downtown Transit Center.
Workers are transforming the former Goodwill building on Cherry Street into TARTA's Downtown Transit Center. (SOURCE: WTOL)
Artists rendering of new TARTA terminal and headquarters (Source: TARTA)
Artists rendering of new TARTA terminal and headquarters (Source: TARTA) (SOURCE: TARTA)

TARTA administration, staff and dispatchers are also to relocate to the Cherry Street building. The bus barn on Central Avenue will still be home to buses and maintenance staff.

The Toledo-Area Regional Transit Authority bought the building for $1.5 million last April.

Contracts were awarded in February for plumbing, HVAC and electrical work.

The central bus station is funded by state and federal money, with no local dollars being put toward the center, TARTA said.

Stough and Stough Architects, Comte Construction, and Regent Electric are among the firms involved in the building renovation.

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