The year 2012 marks a very significant event for the Chatham Area Transit Authority. It ushers in the realization of a project that has been 15 years in the making – the Chatham Area Transit Downtown Intermodal Transit Center. On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, the groundbreaking ceremony for the intermodal center was held on the current site of Greyhound Lines, Inc. located at 610 West Oglethorpe Street in Savannah at 10:00 AM. The array of invited guest speakers included Jennifer Hibbert, Director of Planning & Programs Development for the Federal Transit Administration and Mayor Edna B. Jackson. This “kick-off” celebration inaugurated the implementation of many years of planning, designing and finally building the new facility for the community. From the beginning, CAT has been devoted to leading the way to providing greater trans- portation mobility options, ease of transport and connectivity and passenger amenities to the public.
The new CAT intermodal facility, located at 610 West Oglethorpe Avenue at the western perimeter of the Downtown Historic District, will serve Savannah bus patrons as a new transfer point between routes. The passenger transfer platform will accommodate fourteen CAT buses simultaneously. In addition, four bays, located separately from the CAT platform, will be provided for Greyhound passengers. CAT and Greyhound will share the lobby, but each with have its own ticket counter and administrative support areas.
Barbara Cogdell, Project Leader of design effort stated, “reducing operating costs through increased energy efficiency was a key requirement of this renovation. We recommended improved insulation of the roof and walls, more efficient mechanical and electrical systems, as well as new exterior doors and windows – Replacing part of the deteriorated asphalt driveway surface with a new brick plaza accommodating a “bikeshare” program is another sustainable design feature.”