110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Joe Crews
posted Sep 2, 2013 - 8:46:52am
By the time SunRail has stretched northward to DeLand in 2016, a facility to link the commuter train with Downtown will also be up and running.
Construction started recently on the long-awaited Intermodal Transportation Facility (ITF) on city-owned property north of East Euclid Avenue. The $1.37 million project, first conceived a decade ago, is being completely paid for by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration.
It's only now under construction because of specific requirements associated with the federal grant, such as ensuring the use of minority subcontractors and suppliers. Those kinds of snags slowed the design and bidding of the project.
The ITF is designed as a place for commuters to park their cars or bicycles, or get off a Votran bus, and hop on a shuttle to the SunRail stop at the DeLand Amtrak station west of town.
The ITF is situated on a newly constructed, one-way access drive between South Woodland Boulevard and South Alabama Avenue. It will include a restroom building, a parking lot with 30 paved spaces, and a multi-bay bus canopy with covered waiting areas.
Extensive site landscaping, stormwater retention and other site amenities also will be built.
The site will allow for construction of another building for a ticket office or related needs, as well as up to 12 additional paved parking spaces.
The general contractor is APM Construction Corp. of Port Orange, which has until late October to complete the work, said Mike Tincher, an APM field superintendent. But Tincher said the project should be done before then.
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