Wichita Falls City Council moved forward on plans for a new downtown travel center Tuesday. Councilors voted unanimously to appoint Secord and Lebow Architects to design and oversee the construction of the facility.
City Director of Transportation John Burrus said the facility will merge city and rural bus routes with long-distance services like Greyhound. That would mean riders who use busses to travel long distances would no longer need to travel to Jolly to catch one.
The project is expected to cost around $3.5 million. But, Burrus said nearly $2.8 million of that will likely come from federal grants. The planning and preparation being done now by city staff, said Burrus, should help the city bring in those dollars.
The city has already purchased the property, which is in the 300 block of Scott Ave. Burrus said he hopes the old hotel building now standing can be demolished in time for the Hotter 'N Hell Hundred this summer.
City leaders hope the facility will make it easier for all bus users to get around. And, it's expected to be an asset for the bus system's most frequent riders: Sheppard airmen.
City Property Administrator Pat Hoffman said it is likely the project won't be completed for at least a year or two.