LAWTON,Okla_The Lawton City Council will consider two sites for a new downtown transfer center for the Lawton Area Transit System.
During Tuesday night's meeting at city hall, a consultant presented details of a design and location study. One site would be the old city hall, which is where the transfer center is now.
Another would be on Gore Blvd. at Railroad Ave., which is currently an empty lot, but also owned by the city. They're considering a 20,000 square ft. facility with multiple uses related to travel.
Karl Stickley, Vice-President of Guernsey and Associates, explains why LATS is so beneficial to our city.
"If we can incorporate bike routes into it, if we can incorporate not only the transit transfer center, but also the bus lines, anything like that, that gets people to use the bus lines, it helps environmentally, less pollution from the buses. Also, the big issue in Lawton is the mobility. We have a population that, in some cases, simply cannot afford to travel on another way besides a bus line, so this gives us a really good way to get around town," said Stickley.
The cost is estimated at $10 million dollars, with 80% of that being paid by the federal government. The city would still need to identify how it would fund its share. Next up is an environmental study of both potential locations.