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Topeka considering regional transportation hub

November 22, 2011

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— The Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority is considering building a $25 million regional transportation hub.

Authority officials say the project would be a hub for several types of transportation, including Topeka Metro services, an airport shuttle and Greyhound buses. Plans also include a fitness center, a fueling station, a truck parking lot and a convenience store.

Topeka Metro's CEO, Janlyn Nesbett-Tucker, says it's not clear if the project is feasible, but it would address transportation needs for the region.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Metro expects to hear if the project will receive a federal grant this December or January. If the grant is approved, construction could begin next summer, with the project completed in 2014.

The city would likely contribute about $5 million. A site hasn't been chosen.

Comments

moonflower 3 years, 7 months ago

but won't they eventually run out of vehicles when everybody figures out they can leave?

littlexav 3 years, 7 months ago

tee hee hee. but honestly, topeka isn't that bad.

my big question is why are they adding a fitness center?

1983Hawk 3 years, 7 months ago

Unspecified federal grant to subsidize the project, check. A $5 million gift from the city to subsidize the project, check. God only knows what kind of state tax subsidies will be piled atop the federal and local goodies.

Setting aside the arguments that any money coming from the Feds is inherently evil and can never under any circumstances be used to stimulate that model of efficiency that is the private sector, has anyone run the full cost benefit analysis regarding how much in total the federal, state, and locals will be paying per job "created"?

Looks like the corporate welfare queens are gonna make out like bandits yet again...

JayhawkFan1985 3 years, 7 months ago

There are a lot of reasons why this project does not make sense. For example, why is a transit hub needed at an airport with no commercial flights? Perhaps a route or two should be extended to Forbes field, but it is too far away to serve as a hub. But to claim it is welfare for the corporations in Topeka is a ridiculous point. I doubt the business community knows about this. I also doubt the city and federal money will come through.

littlexav 3 years, 7 months ago

Ballard has quite a few flights for government officials (the KU plan is often on the tarmac). But really, it's for people taking the shuttle to MCI... it's quite a long drive from Topeka.

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