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Riders on Minot’s transit bus system could soon be using a new terminal.
The City of Minot’s proposed 2023 budget includes funds to construct a terminal facility in a portion of the Renaissance parking structure in downtown Minot. Currently, the buses pick up and drop off passengers at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.
Transit Superintendent Brian Horinka said the project is anticipated to cost approximately $500,000, although the exact figure isn’t known until the facility is designed. Roughly 80 percent of the cost would be provided through a federal grant that is accessed through the state of North Dakota. The City would cover the remaining cost.
“We’ve already spoken to the state, and the money is there. Obviously, there are no guarantees, but I think it would be very unlikely we wouldn’t get the grant,” Horinka said. “The project’s timeline will depend on getting the City budget approved, and then we’ll apply with the state and get that approved. This will be my first construction project, but I’d like to get started on design early next year, and then we’ll see how long it takes from there.”
Horinka said the facility would be built into the northwest corner of the parking structure. The transfer facility would not be regularly staffed, but would include a lounge, a small office, a break room for the drivers, a ticketing machine, and restrooms.
The buses would park on the west side of the parking structure, along First Street SW, to load and unload passengers. The existing parking spots would be vacated for public parking, and only buses would be allowed to use them.
“There are so many things that make this location ideal,” Horinka said. “It’s downtown, so we’re helping revitalize downtown, and it has good signalized access to get back onto Broadway to accommodate our routes. It’s also right next door to the new City Hall, so that’s convenient for anyone who needs to go there.”