Union Station is planned as a second transit hub on the west side of downtown Raleigh but what about that first transit hub, at Moore Square?
The Raleigh City Council approved a contract Tuesday with Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. to develop a master plan for downtown bus facilities in two phases.
First, the consultants will figure out how big a presence the Capital Area Transit bus service should have as part of a future rail-bus hub around the planned Union Station train depot on West Martin Street. The Union Station neighborhood eventually will serve Amtrak and high-speed intercity rail, regional commuter trains and light rail, Greyhound and local and regional buses.
Once the CAT presence at Union Station is worked out, Parsons Brinckerhoff and city officials will redesign and overhaul the Moore Square Transit Station. Moore Square, seven blocks east of Union Station, is expected to continue as an important local and regional bus hub.