TARTA plans to develop new transit hub in downtown Toledo

The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) is planning to develop a new transit hub in downtown Toledo.

The board of trustees for the regional transportation system approved a resolution Thursday morning. The move will allow TARTA to negotiate a purchase price of the Goodwill Building at 612 N. Huron St. TARTA plans to buy the property and says the move will make way for route enhancements, streetscape improvements and accessibility in downtown Toledo and new amenities for passengers.

TARTA says the new transit hub will eliminate the "Loop" that currently surrounds 12 blocks of downtown Toledo. The project is associated with the conversion of Huron Street to two-way traffic and will allow TARTA to improve bus operations, transit connectivity and access to downtown Toledo. In addition to the bus routing improvements, the project will also include streetscape and connectivity upgrades that will benefit pedestrians and bicyclists through exterior benches and shelters. The Park Station and Loop properties, currently owned by TARTA, will be vacated and available for other uses.

The building at 612 N. Huron will become a full-service transit hub, including passenger amenities not previously offered to TARTA riders. The facility will include a climate-controlled indoor waiting area, restrooms and water fountains, information and ticketing center, security and commercial space for a food/beverage provider. The building will become the TARTA headquarters, housing approximately 30 administrative workers.

TARTA is working closely with developer David Ball and the City of Toledo to bring the project and all associated elements to fruition. Total cost for the building purchase is estimated at $1,520,000. TARTA has initiated the process to receive this amount in federal funding in support of the project. Any local share requirements to receive federal funds will be provided by the City of Toledo's work to enhance traffic patterns and related street work to facilitate the development of the facility. The project is expected to begin this spring, with the facility opening by early 2019.