posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority is expanding its main
Florence Transit Center location.
Don Strickland, deputy executive director, said the PDRTA
signed a 10-year lease with the city of Florence in
December to finally take over an additional parcel of land.
According to Strickland, the drop-off and pick-up location for
buses has been used over the past year at the abandoned Oasis Auto
Car Wash, located at West Darlington and Irby streets.
Now, renovations can begin to expand the facility and better
accommodate the passengers.
"They've been out in the rain, the cold, the winter and the heat in
the summer, and we've wanted to find a location for years for
them," Strickland said.
Before acquiring the property and starting the
renovations, there was a single bus shelter at the corner of
Evans and Dargan streets, according to Strickland. He said this is
something PDRTA has never been able to offer its passengers.
The city of Florence helped with the $100,000 renovation
"They provide us with a local match to be able to draw the
federal funds down," Strickland said. "So having situations
like this is something we are really excited for and I know the
passengers are too."
The sheltered waiting area will have new windows, doors, industrial
fans, electronic monitors with the five bus routes listed, and,
Strickland said the PDRTA's goal is also to build overnight parking
to keep the buses at the main transit center.
The PDRTA runs 250 bus stops throughout Florence.
"Pretty much anywhere you are in the city, you are within a few
blocks of a bus stop," Strickland said.
In addition to the free shuttle, the PDRTA has two
designated shuttles just for downtown Florence.
Another goal of the PDRTA is to create a shuttle service starting
after 6 p.m. The route would go from the hotel hub near the
Florence Civic Center and take passengers to downtown.
"Right now, we still need more local match funds, which we are
hoping it can come from the different businesses throughout the
community that would basically benefit from this service,"
He added the city has raised $32,000 in accommodation
taxes that will help pay for operational expenses. However,
the transit service still needs more local partners to
make it happen.
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