FAST Multimodal Center Opening with Soft Launch on Nov. 20
Ribbon Cutting Being Held Nov. 30
(Fayetteville, N.C.) – The Fayetteville Area System of Transit (FAST) is opening its new FAST Multimodal Center with a soft launch beginning at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 20. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. A light ensemble from E.E. Smith High School will perform the National Anthem, City elected officials will be in attendance and refreshments will be served.
The new center replaces a temporary transfer site FAST has used since 2003. The FAST Transit Center was constructed by Construction Systems, Inc. of Fayetteville and designed by a team led by Bergmann Associates of Charlotte. The construction cost is $12.6 million and includes the 34,000 square feet facility and 16 bus bays or covered passenger loading areas. The new center will also serve Greyhound, Southeastern Coach and MegaBus intercity bus lines and is located one block from the Fayetteville AMTRAK station. The center will initially open with food and drink vending machines, but space is available for other food services.
FAST will introduce Sunday bus service on Sunday, Nov. 26. Hours of operation will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. New Sunday bus service with 10 routes and FASTtrac!ADA service will provide citizens, particularly those with non-traditional work schedules, with access to jobs, church services, shopping, etc. Sunday service is projected to carry an average of 1,241 passengers each Sunday.
“Sunday bus service has been a goal of the City Council for several years,” FAST Director Randy Hume said. “FAST is excited to offer this service to our customers, who have long awaited its arrival. Now, FAST customers can ride the bus to worship services, jobs, shopping, dining, to see friends and family members, you name it, on Sundays.”
City Manager Doug Hewett said: “The City of Fayetteville is very happy to unveil the new FAST Multimodal Center, offering residents a much better, safer and attractive transfer center for FAST riders and customers of Megabus and Greyhound. This project puts us on the map with larger cities like Durham and Greensboro that have similar facilities. With the new FAST Multimodal Center and new Sunday bus service, the City Council shows their commitment to enhancing the quality of life for residents.”
Public transit provides economic and health benefits, as well as access to jobs, education, training, medical treatment, shopping and tourism. Transit also provides savings for individuals and families. The average annual savings per transit traveler is estimated to be $845 compared to the cost of private auto transportation.
For more information about FAST, log onto www.ridefast.net.