Federal Transit Administration Announces Opening of Transit Center at University of Idaho Campus
Contact: Allison Lantero
MOSCOW, ID–Representatives from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) joined Mayor Nancy Chaney and University of Idaho President Duane Nellis to announce the dedication of a new Intermodal Transit Center in Moscow. The new center serves as a one-stop transit hub for public and private transit providers in the Palouse region of north central Idaho. The $2.7 million facility was funded in part by a $1.5 million TIGER (Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
“All across the country, our TIGER grant program is making it possible for good, local transportation projects like this one to meet the growing demand for transit that takes people where they need to go in big and small cities alike,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “The Obama Administration is committed to investing in more good projects like this one that strengthen communities and keep our economy moving forward.”
The new transit center enables transit and bike riders to connect with Moscow Valley Transit buses, the University of Idaho’s Vandal Shuttle, and intercity bus service from Northwestern Trailways and Wheatland Express. The facility, built to meet LEED standards for environmental sustainability, includes a bicycle parking area and administrative offices for area transportation services.
“This center is a big win for everyone in Moscow and Latah County,” said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff. “University students can save their gas money for tuition and textbooks, while commuters, seniors, and others have ready access to merchants like WalMart, QuickCare, and other destinations they need to reach on a daily basis.”
In addition to the TIGER funds, FTA awarded $436,000 in bus and bus facility funds earmarked for the project.