Gwinnett already eyeing expansion of one local transit hub

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Gwinnett already eyeing expansion of one local transit hub

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Gwinnett Transit has added three new sweeper buses to all downtown express routes. Courtesy Gwinnett Transit

What, exactly, might be entailed in such an expansion isn’t yet clear. Nor is when, exactly, it might happen.

But Gwinnett County is making sure it will have plenty of space to grow its current transit center.

The county’s Board of Commissioners approved Tuesday measures that will allow them to acquire several properties around the existing transit center near Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth. By either buying properties outright or obtaining them through condemnation, Gwinnett would spend just over $4.6 million to acquire roughly 10 acres.

That includes purchasing the site of the already existing transit center, which is currently leased.

Gwinnett County is acquiring several parcels of land surrounding its already existing transit center in Duluth near Gwinnett Place Mall.

The other properties being acquired include part of the parking lot for a nearby Macy’s store. 

The center is already one of the busiest locations in one of the busiest transit-using areas in the county. It is a key transfer point and four of the county’s six local bus routes make stops there.

What an expansion of the center may entail is still unclear, Gwinnett County Department of Transportation Director Alan Chapman said this week. But, even in the very early stages of the county’s ongoing transit development plan, it’s been identified as a key hub for the future.

“Until we sstart to finalize the transit development plan, I can’t really say exactly what those uses would be,” Chapman said. “... But it’ s where a lot of transfers take place and it’s in our central business district, so it’s a logical location for us to have at least one of the transit hubs for the county.

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Authorities said it would help alleviate traffic in the area.
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