A bus transfer project will become a reality in the upcoming months in the City of Utica.
Utica will be receiving over $1.3 million of funding for a new bus transfer facility.Senators Schumer and Gillibrand announced the City of Utica will receive federal funds to build that facility.
Mayor Roefaro says the construction will take place over the next 30 to 60 days to knock down buildings to make it happen.
He says it will be a hub station where people can wait in an enclosed area to sit down instead of waiting outside.
The facility will be built on Charlotte Street between Bleeker and Elizabeth. It will include 4,000 sq. ft. of waiting space, transit offices and ticket sale counters.
Senator Schumer says it will help create jobs as well as make it more efficient for bus riders.
Bus rider Chante Miller says it is a good idea, especially for riders in the cold, wet weather.
"If they're going to build a place for everyone to go to it will be better because it's going to be winter time soon and the weather is crazy out here. So it will be better if it's inside," said Miller.
Talks have been going on for two years with city and the federal transit authority and Mayor Roefaro says the project is taking shape.
Mayor Roefaro says construction will take place as soon as contracts are signed to knock down the buildings,