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Troy begins construction on new transit center

City of Troy

The city of Troy will break ground today on a $6.3 million dollar federally funded transit hub.

It's expected to increase ridership for AMTRAK and allow passengers to easily transition between trains, buses, and taxis.

Mark Miller is Troy’s Director of Economic and Community Development. He says Southeast Michigan Area Rapid Transit, or SMART, will be an integral element of the facility.

"Smart has 7 routes.  Three or 4 of them will come through this center and it will serve as a hub," he said. "A lot of people don’t realize how important SMART is in bringing students and certain workers into the city of Troy. We’ve heard from the business community that they really do need SMART for that."

Miller says construction is expected to be complete and the facility open for business by the summer of 2013.

Here's a link to a presentation on the proposed center with photos of the current transportation stop.

-Chris Zollars, Michigan Radio Newsroom