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New intermodal facility opens in North Charleston

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The new North Charleston Transit Center serves as a hub for Amtrak train service, CARTA local bus service and regional bus service from Southeastern Stages. (Photo/Patrick Hoff)

A new intermodal transportation facility that had been planned for decades has opened on Gaynor Avenue in North Charleston.

The one-story, 14,000-square-foot facility serves as a hub for train service from Amtrak, local bus service from the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority and regional bus service from Southeastern Stages. It also includes meeting space and a historic display room dedicated to the Liberty Hill community, the former North Charleston Amtrak station built in the 1950s and rotating art displays.

The facility is at the site of the former Amtrak station.

CARTA Chairman Mike Seekings said the facility is “something that is truly different to the city of North Charleston and to this region, and that is a multimodal center where people can move throughout the Lowcountry in a safe, efficient, modern manner, something that we’ve never seen before.”

CARTA funded 80% of the $14.5 million project, or about $11.6 million, through Federal Transit Administration grants. North Charleston and Charleston County provided funds as well.

“This has been a team effort of making it happen, and I am excited about where we are today,” said North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey. “I couldn’t be more proud that we’re opening this beautiful facility.”

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