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Transit center in downtowns future
Station may break ground later this year at Moffat & Main
The proposed Manteca transit station will be built on the southeast corner of Moffat Boulevard and South Main Street. - photo by RYAN BALBUENA
The long-awaited Manteca Transit Center is picking up steam.

The 7,000-square-foot station that includes a 100-space parking lot on 3.1 acres on the southeast corner of Moffat Boulevard and South Main Street is now in the environmental review process.

The Manteca Planning Commission is being updated on the project during Tuesday’s 7 p.m. meeting at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

The two-story building will include space for transit staff that encompasses dispatching functions, ticket and pass sales, offices for city and 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 site includes a city-owned warehouse that is currently rented to an upholstery business. It also includes the site of the former American Dry Ice business that was removed in 2008.

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.