Marking the official start of Easton’s $26 million transportation center project, the city will host a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday at 123 S. Third St.
The site, to be developed through a partnership with Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority and state and federal transportation funds, also will become the new home for City Hall, in addition to offering space for a high school sports museum, bus terminal and retail/commercial business.
To help pay for the construction of the center, the federal government will make $7.4 million in federal transit funds available at the start of construction. Easton Mayor Sal Panto said additional funding for the facility comes from $4.2 million awarded to the city many years ago from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, which is for the acquisition and construction of regional redevelopment projects.
Further funding will come from a projected $10 million to $11 million bond issue. Resources at the intermodal facility will include intercity services, in addition to Trans-Bridge lines to New York City and bus services from LANTA, Greyhound and Susquehanna Trails. The center will have a waiting area and customer service facility managed by Trans-Bridge.
All ticket sales will be sold through a Trans-Bridge manager at the center.