Work has finally begun on a transit center that started through the city process back in June of 2009 when the Planning Commission determined that the proposed acquisition of properties at Golden State Blvd and Hawkeye Avenue for the purpose of construction of a transit hub conformed with the Turlock General Plan. At that time there was much debate about the location moving from downtown to Dels Lane. However, due to the fact that finding a location within the downtown area would be difficult to meet time frame required to receive federal funding.
On April 12, 2011, the Turlock City Council finalized the purchase of proposed properties, formally named the project "Turlock Regional Transit Center," and authorized the advertisement of the construction bid. The city secured $1,450,800 dollars in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding and $362,700 in Proposition 1B transit funding to complete the project without the use of any General Fund monies.
The Turlock Regional Transit Center project will have both an off-site and on-site portion of construction. The off-site work involves: 1) the addition of a 2nd left turn lane from northbound Golden State Blvd onto westbound Fulkerth Rd, 2) the extension of the Golden State Blvd median to the south to Del’s Lane, and 3) the closing of the left turns at Golden State Blvd and Front Street. The on-site portion of work will include loading zones for transit buses, connecting sidewalks, landscaping, and miscellaneous site furnishings.
The off-site portion is expected to be completed by the beginning of October, and the on-site portion is expected to be completed by the end of December.
The transit center will provide a welcoming center for the safe and convenient place for public transit and therefore encourage the use of alternative transportation to a broader audience of Stanislaus and Merced County residents.