Shreveport one step closer to new transit center

Monday, October 22, 2012 - 8:00pm

Right now, traffic from the 20 is all that can be heard on Murphy Street, at the end of the 49. But soon, the sound of freeway traffic will be joined by buses, taxis, and possibly even Amtrak trains.

The City of Shreveport has just signed a contract with Mike McSwain, the architect they picked to design the new transit center. He hasn't officially started planning, but he has been keeping his eyes open for inspiration for the new building.

When the plan of a new transit center first started out, all that was happening was that the Greyhound was moving from their location downtown to the Murphy Street location, but soon Sportan decided to move to the new location as well.

Their building downtown was really innovative in 1989, but now it needs some catching up to do, and isn't even ADA compliant since those standards didn't exist when the current building was built.

While it would be nice to know if Amtrak would be using the facility as well, McSwain sees no problem designing the building regardless of what type of transit facility it is used for, just happy to make public transportation more economic and efficient in Shreveport.

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