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Design work next for transit station
The site of Manteca’s future transit station is on the southeast corner of Moffat Boulevard and South Main Street. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Manteca is getting ready to pump $6.6 million into downtown in the form of a transit station.

The City Council on Tuesday is expected to award a $162,838 contract to RRM Design Group for 30 percent design services for the transit station planned on the southeast corner of Moffat Boulevard and South Main Street. The design work is expected to be completed within 20 weeks.

Such a move would speed up the project and have some cost savings as the balance of the project would be awarded at a future date to a design/build consultant.

The design portion is funded with federal stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The 7,000-square-foot station will be accompanied by a 100-space parking lot on 3.1 acres.

The two-story building will include space for transit staff that encompasses dispatching functions, ticket and pass sales, offices for city and transit services contractor staff, a lobby area, a break room for drivers, and a conference room that will be available for public use. The plan also calls for allowing on-street parking along Moffat.

The $6,685,340 transit station is being paid for in a large part by the countywide Measure K transit sales tax. Manteca was able to get available money left over from other projects in San Joaquin County because they were ready to move forward. None of the money being used for the project targeted to break ground later this year is from the municipal general fund and can only be used for transit projects.

Federal stimulus funds will be used to install a fiber optic cable to run from the proposed transit station to the Civic Center at a cost of $300,000.

The fiber optic cable will provide the backbone for park security cameras that are going in at Southside and Library parks as well as to connect with safety cameras that will be put in place at various bus stops along the city’s transit system for improved security at a cost of $133,400. The security cameras for bus stops as well as the ability to build 10 to 15 bus shelters complete with benches, trash receptacles, and improved signage at most Manteca Transit stops at a cost of $1,353,798 is also being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Plans for the transit station currently do not call for a train platform as the Altamont Commuter Express service is not expected to be extended southward into Merced County for at least five to 10 years.

The transit station will hopefully serve Greyhound and ACE trains in the future.