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Broome County Dedicates Greater Binghamton Transportation Center

Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala was joined October 13th by Congressman Maurice Hinchey and a number of community leaders at a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the region’s newest Intermodal. The Greater Binghamton Transportation Center which is located at the corner of Henry and Chenango Streets is the home to two of the area’s commercial bus companies Greyhound and Shortline/Coach USA and will soon also be home to the BC Transit Junction.

 
The entire Intermodal property is named the Greater Binghamton Transportation Center while the building itself has been officially named The Congressman Maurice Hinchey Hub.
 
“There is little question that this project would not have been possible without the Congressman’s support throughout the entire life of the project,” said Executive Fiala. “He not only secured the initial $4.1M, he also helped secure the rest of the federal money and shepherded this project from the beginning. He deserves to have his name on this building and we are proud to be able to recognize him in this way.”
 
“I am so pleased that the Intermodal Transit Terminal has finally reached this important
milestone,” stated US Representative Hinchey, who was instrumental in securing $4.1 million in federal funding needed for this project. “Getting here was not unlike the BC Transit bus route to the Ross Park Zoo and Discovery Center. There were some sharp turns, and more than few stops, but the good news is we got to our destination and it was worth the trip. Today we can say that the bus stops here—in this stunningly beautiful and accommodating building, which has helped transform an entire section of downtown Binghamton in a very positive way.” 
 
The Intermodal began as a vision in the 80’s, it became a concept in the 90’s and eventually a bona fide project in 2005 when newly elected Executive Fiala made it a priority project.
 
“The Congressman called and asked if I would put the Intermodal on the front burner and without hesitation I said yes,” added Fiala. 
 
The GBTC not only will provide inter-city and intra-city bus passengers with a state of the art facility from which to travel, it also provided a much needed facelift for a large section of the urban core. Unused and underutilized buildings were razed to make way for this development.
 
Construction started in 2008 and the total project costs are approximately $14.7M. $9.1M came from the federal government with the state kicking in around $1.1M. The County’s share totals nearly $3.5M. 
 
A number of regional and a large number of local contractors worked on the Intermodal construction project, including: Construction Contractor, William H. Lane, Inc., Plumbing Construction, James L. Lewis, Inc., HVAC Construction, Piccirilli, Slavic & Vincent-PL&H, Inc., Electrical Construction, Matco Electric Corp., Remediation & Demolition Construction, T & M Excavating, Inc., the Architect was Wendel Duchscherer, Architects & Engineers and finally the Construction Manager was C&S Companies.

 

10/18/2010 - 3:55pm