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Groundbreaking of new bus transfer facility in Utica

By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - City of Utica and Centro Oneida officials broke ground Wednesday morning on a new, multi-million dollar multi-modal transfer facility.

The new bus transfer station is being built near the corner of Charlotte and Bleecker Streets in downtown Utica. Former Congressman Sherwood Boehlert secured $5 million for the facility back in 2005.

The new facility will allow for a smooth, more safe transfer for Centro bus riders-a growing group thanks to rising gas prices.

"Currently, right now, they're located on Genesee Street, where all our buses are transferring and it's making it difficult for them to cross four lanes of traffic to even get to another bus," says Centro General Manager Ronald Bucciero.

The transfer facility will also include what's known as a 'head house'; a heated, cooled area where customers can wait for buses and obtain ticket and ride information.

The project should be complete in late November.

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