The city’s downtown transit hub and the adjoining parking deck are about to close for a while.
Both the Moore Square Transit Station and parking deck will close Friday at 6 p.m. and remain closed until at least Nov. 14 as crews put finishing touches on the first phase of a $9.7 million station renovation, said David Eatman, the city’s transit administrator. The plan, which is being paid for with a combination of federal and local sources, overhauls a transit hub that has been nearly untouched since it was built in 1988.
In December, structural elements including revamped bus lanes, a new courtyard and elevator, and a remodeled entrance from Wilmington Street will be completed, Eatman said.
“The station will be a little over halfway finished, about 70 percent complete at that time,” Eatman said. “And phase two should be a lot easier to complete.”
The second phase will bring updated amenities to the station, including a new information booth, restrooms, passenger shelters, lighting and wireless internet.
While workers from American South General Contractors demolish a stairwell and decommission an aging elevator, the GoRaleigh bus stops will move to Martin and Hargett streets between Blount and Person.
A temporary information station and restroom is set up near the station exit on Blount Street, Eatman said. Riders can find a complete list of routes by visiting GoRaleigh.org or calling 919-485-7433.
An average of 17,000 trips are taken on GoRaleigh buses every weekday, and 22 of the city’s 27 bus routes run through Moore Square Station. When the project finishes, some of the buses that normally stop on the streets around the hub will be brought inside.
“We’re hoping it will be easier for passengers, and hopefully improve traffic flows as well,” Eatman said.
As new station construction wraps up, the Transit Authority will continue improving its network. It will complete the construction of 18 new bus passenger shelters by spring, and is planning an additional 20 to 25 more, he said.
Eatman said he understands the construction has made it difficult for passengers to navigate Moore Square, but says riders will love the new station and network of stops.
“If they can just have a little patience,” he said. “We think the inconvenience will certainly be worth the final product.”
Chris Cioffi: 919-829-4802, @ReporterCioffi
While the Moore Square Transit Station is closed: Routes 7, 11, 13, 18, 19, 21 and 22 will stop on Hargett Street. Routes 1, 2, 5 and 15 will stop on Martin Street.
For route information, call 919-485-7433. For construction information, call 919-996-6154.