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Public meeting set for transportation hub, months ahead of scheduled construction

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) -

On Tuesday, leaders with the City of North Charleston and CARTA will present plans for the new regional transportation hub and gather public input. 

The Intermodal Transportation Center, that's been in the works for years, will house Amtrak passenger trains, buses, taxi and shuttle services.

The meeting will be held at the Danny Jones Recreation Center, at 455 Monitor Street, from 6-8 pm. 

Construction is set to begin December 2015 and its completion is expected February 2017, according to CARTA officials. The center will go near the airport, on Gaynor Avenue. 

Project management and ownership transferred earlier this year from CARTA to the City of North Charleston.

It's expected to cost about $14.5 million. CARTA will fund 80% of that with FTA grants.

The building size also had to be scaled back. It was originally supposed to be 32,000 Square Feet. Now, it's expected to be just more than 14,000 Square Feet. 

In 2007, ground was broken for the center on West Montague Avenue. That was quickly halted because CSX would not allow it to go there due to the nearby Bennett Yard.

North Charleston leaders are eager to see the new center because many feel the aging Amtrak station now doesn't offer a good first impression to people coming to the Lowcountry. 

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