NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - If you're one of many in Hampton Roads who take the bus to Military Circle Mall, get ready for a more pleasant and safe experience.
Hampton Roads Transit's governing board approved a plan for a new bus transfer center at the mall Thursday, and workers began preparations on Friday for construction to begin.
HRT spokesman Tom Holden said the current transfer center is in desperate need of an upgrade -- inadequate lighting, no security, an insufficient number of shelters that are worn and old, and several dead trees that give an impression of neglect.
“Improving the customer experience is central to our mission of becoming the most customer focused, and efficient transit operation in Virginia,” said William Harrell, president and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit. “It’s exciting to see this investment in an area of our operations that has long needed an upgrade. We’re thrilled the work will begin soon.”
Holden said the new facility will will be "new from the ground up" with five new shelters and a wider platform with benches. The new Military Circle Transfer Station will also have security cameras and a newly paved bus lane.
The transfer center serves bus routes 15, 20, 23, and 25, and during construction of the new facility, passengers for those routes will use a temporary bus stop at the vacant parking lot next to the former Sears Automotive Center.
Holden said construction of the project is being contracted to Conrad Brothers, Inc. and is expected to take about two moths at a cost of $355,943.
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