WFAE — The Charlotte Area Transit System's governing board voted in favor Tuesday of a controversial plan to spend $90 million to move the city’s main bus station underground, despite concerns about whether that option would be best for passengers.
The city wants to relocate the Charlotte Transportation Center on Trade Street underground so it can partner with a private developer to build a new mixed-tower on the site, and replace a bus facility that city officials say is at the end of its useful life. City officials have said the best way to "activate” Brevard Street with more development and business is to place passengers and buses underground.
The city has said it will use a combination of federal funds and local money to pay for the project. The new station could open by the end of the decade.
After the vote, the group Sustain Charlotte said afterward that it’s “deeply concerned about safety, equity and cost of the moving the bus station underground.”