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StarMetro Bus Hub Planned For Tallahassee's South City

 StarMetro's C.K. Steele Bus Plaza in downtown Tallahassee
Tom Flanigan
StarMetro's C.K. Steele Bus Plaza in downtown Tallahassee

The City of Tallahassee is again looking at big changes to the way the city bus system works. Part of that will include a new centralized bus facility on the South Side. Neighborhood advocate Christic Henry noted Tallahassee hasn't had a central bus transfer point since the downtown C.K. Steele Bus Plaza.

"We haven't built a public transit center in this community since the 80s."

And several years ago, with new decentralized routes, the Steele Plaza no longer served that function. But plans are afoot, said Henry, for a new transfer site at the corner of Orange Avenue and Meridian Street.

"So we are really excited. It's going to be in South City and will be that node we talk about that brings people in and brings people out."

Ultimately that will include some direct routes to places like the new Amazon distribution hubs on the city's east and west sides. StarMetro is now surveying residents in and around the transit center site to find out their needs and preferences. Henry and StarMetro's Allie Fleming presented the transit project overview during the October 25 Whole Child Leon online recap of the recent Children's Summit.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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