Wichita Falls one step away from breaking ground on SAFB travel center

Location Of Possible SAFB Travel Center
Location Of Possible SAFB Travel Center

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - On Tuesday, Wichita Falls city council members will vote on $887,000 worth of funding for a transportation center at the main gate of Sheppard Air Force Base.

It's for city buses, taxies and rideshare companies. It is something John Burrus, Director of Transportation, said happened very fast.

"This is the fastest project I have ever seen accelerated though local government," he said.

It's a project that started two years ago when the city purchased the land that was full of buildings and a hotel.

The city bought it when they were working to make security improvements near the main gate. The buildings were then demolished.

Burrus said it was something that had to be done.

"Having a two story building overlooking your main gate didn't lend itself to a very safe environment," he said.

Burrus added that most of their bus riders are from Sheppard Air Force Base, and this will put them in a great position to handle the additional students from the base.

He also said the Federal Transit Administration has been on board with this project from the start.

The FTA will pay for $700,000 and the Wichita Falls 4A Economic Development Board $400,000. However, Burrus does not believe they will have to spend the entire $1.1 million allocated for the project.

The transportation center will take four months to construct and is expected to be open in November. It will also add two new bus routes. The transportation hub is part of a 15-year plan.

Burrus said the biggest challenge has been finding money for the project. Stay with Newschannel 6. We will have the latest from Tuesday's city council meeting tomorrow on Newschannel 6 and on the Newschannel 6 app.

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