On March 1, 2018, the board of trustees for the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) approved a resolution authorizing TARTA officials to negotiate the purchase a building in downtown Toledo.
The building, currently known as the Goodwill Building located at 612 N Huron St, will become the transit hub for TARTA. The project makes way for route enhancements, streetscape improvements and accessibility in downtown Toledo and new amenities for passengers.
Elimination of the Downtown “Loop”
The new transit hub will eliminate the antiquated “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.
New Transit Station Offerings
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.
The project is expected to begin this spring, with the facility opening in 2019.
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