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The preferred site for a downtown transit center is in the southwest downtown area not far from the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame construction site.
The site, which takes up three-quarters of a block, is bounded by Colorado Avenue to the north, Cucharras Street to the south, Sierra Madre Street on the east and Sahwatch Street on the west. It was chosen due to its proximity to railroad tracks, should passenger rail become a reality; the property owner's willingness to "explore partnership" near "anchor attractions" such as America the Beautiful Park and the Olympic Museum; and access to Interstate 25.
The downtown transit center is currently located at Kiowa Street and Nevada Avenue; the new spot would help "improve operations, safety, and the customer experience," according to a report given to City Council on Aug. 21 by the Downtown Transit Center Relocation Steering Committee. The panel consists of elected officials, city and El Paso County staff, representatives of several downtown groups and other potential funding agencies, such as the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA).
The recommendation was based on a year-long study, the seventh in 18 years, that included public input. Funding would come from PPRTA and federal money. No timeline was provided in the report.