LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - NewsChannel 11 is learning more about a planned expansion to the Citibus Transfer Plaza in downtown Lubbock. The city just approved a grant from TxDOT last week. It will be used to design the expansion of the Greyhound terminal at the plaza.
TxDOT awarded the city $93,750 for the project. The city's been in charge of Greyhound operations for just more than a year now. They took over in August of last year, and installed temporary storage and counter facilities.
While the city takes care of the facility, they won't have to spend city money on the upgrades. "There is no city money in this at all. In fact, it's 100% funding, and this $93,750 is just the beginning. That's just to get the design started and start the drawings," Citibus General Manger John Wilson said.
Wilson tells us they're looking at additional counter space, weigh stations for luggage, and a sandwich shop for passengers with a long layover in Lubbock. "Yes, you will notice a change, especially on the Broadway side where we plan to expand out, but it will all be contained within the block we have now," Wilson said.
In December, the city can put in a grant application for the building phase of this project. Right now, there's no timeline for when construction will actually start.
The transfer plaza isn't the only facility with expansion plans. Citibus also received another grant from TxDOT to examine their current facility on Texas Avenue and plan for expansion.
TxDOT provided $56,000 and the city provided $14,000. Wilson says expansion is needed because they've seen tremendous growth over the years with the number of vehicles and employees.
"We have expanded, probably by as many as six busses for Tech operations this past year, so that might give you an indication of the growth we are experiencing. The van service has really taken off, especially with the contract with Medicaid, so we're taking a lot more people. I guess Lubbock has become a medical hub for the area, and I think a lot more people are moving to Lubbock who need that specialty transportation," Wilson said.
Right now, a Fort Worth firm is working with Citibus to examine surrounding properties for expansion potential. Wilson says this will be a multi-phase project that will take several years to complete.
Here's another example of how Citibus has grown; when they moved into their current facility in 1981 they only had 30 busses. Now, the fleet includes 96-vehicles.
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