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City, TARTA unveil plan for new downtown station

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The City of Toledo and TARTA unveiled a transit hub feasibility study Tuesday, which calls for eliminating the downtown bus loop and building a new downtown station along Jackson Boulevard.

"Take Jackson Boulevard and instead of it being a boulevard to reconfigure it to a street, use what is now the north half of the boulevard as Jackson Street", said Dave Dysard, Toledo Engineering Services Administrator.

The study recommends doing away with the loop in favor of having all bus routes going in and out of the downtown area using a centralized location, along Jackson between Superior and Huron.

"An off-street transit station, a central hub for a hub-and-spoke system for our transit system, where users would transfer between different buses at one location," said Dysard.

TARTA General Manager Jim Gee says the proposal takes into account how downtown traffic patterns have changed over recent years.

"TARTA has operated the downtown loop since the 1980's. At the time the prevailing line of thought and planning was to have one-way streets and a transit-only lane. Times have changed," said Gee.

The plan would call for the city and TARTA to seek 80 percent federal funding for the $24 million proposal.

"TARTA being able to consolidate resources into one location we can provide amenities at that location such as restrooms and concessions for our passengers," said Gee.

The study will be presented to Toledo City Council during a committee hearing, Wednesday, October 17 at 2 p.m. at One Government Center.   

Click here to view a rendering of the project. Click here to see an overhead drawing of the area.

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