New Travel Center

The Mayor, city leaders and transportation supporters were at Tuesday's grand opening of the new Wichita Falls Travel Center.

Located in downtown, the Travel Center is in the same location where an old motel was in disrepair. Now, the Travel Center will serve as a more convenient location for the city.

The design of the Travel Center building is to provide a sense of community.

"We're bringing that sense of community into the travel center. We do have the Wichita Falls Art Association who have allowed us to have a rotating art display," said Travel Center Supervisor Jenny Stevens.

With over 6,000 square ft., the Travel Center offers a security office/workspace for Wichita Falls Police Department, Wi-Fi, and a conference room to the public, bus passengers and bus drivers.

"We have a vending area where they can come in and get snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner.Also a storm shelter if we ever have any issues with weather.We have a drivers lounge that we're offering to the bus drivers  a place to come and get away from the mundane of driving," said Stevens.

Tuesday, the Travel Center welcomed Greyhound and Jefferson buses for training purposes and the passengers from both of these lines were happy to enter.

"It's very beautiful and you can tell it's going be comfortable for the people and safe," said bus passenger Paulette Redfeather.

"Next week, on the 11th is when the city buses will start coming in as well as Greyhound and Jefferson lines. We wanted these lines to be more convenient for our city and we wanted a place that was intermodal for the city," said Stevens.

The hours at the Travel Center will be Monday through Friday 6 am to 6 pm, Saturday 6 am to 4 pm and closed on Sunday.

If you are a customer who might need a ticket on Sunday, you will still be able to get on the bus and buy your ticket at the next stop.

The Travel Center will be open for regular service on Monday, November 11th.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6