Tuesday, June 20, 2000

Bus hub receives grant for upgrades

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — A $188,000 grant from the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments will help fund improvements to the Butler County Regional Transit Authority's bus passenger hub on Market Street.

        In addition to the competitive grant from OKI, the city of Hamilton and BCRTA each will chip in $23,500 for the project, which includes additional lighting, decorative brick walkways and more seating.

        The passenger hub is beneath the parking garage on Market Street, between Second and Third streets. The hub serves as the transfer location for five “Blast” bus routes.

        “We are very pleased to make another public partnership in improving and enhancing our downtown area,” said City Manager Steve Sorrell. “The aesthetic and functional improvements that will be made to the BCRTA's Market Street hub will complement the downtown streetscape and provide further momentum for the development of our central business district.”

        Amy Terango, executive director of BCRTA, said the grant is an important investment for Hamilton and BCRTA.

        “Blast buses will gain a great home base hub. And Hamilton gains another investment to renew and enhance downtown. We will continue to look for innovative funding opportunities like this to improve upon the BCRTA's service through Butler County,” Ms. Terango said.


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