Transit authority names new bus center using combination of suggestions

By Tony Wittkowski | Local Government Reporter | The Times Herald

Blue Water Area Transit has chosen a name for its new transfer hub.

The new station, which will be built in the south McMorran parking lot in downtown Port Huron, will be known as the Blue Water Transit Bus Center.

“There were a lot of great suggestions, but we ended up combining the most commonly used phrases,” said Jim Wilson, Blue Water Area Transit general manager.

The term “Blue Water” was the most frequently used name, with “Transit,” “Center” and “Bus” following in popularity.

“We had well over 90 suggestions when factoring in the names we pulled off of Facebook,” Wilson said. “We appreciate the interest people had in helping us choose a name.”

Some of the names suggested were “The Exchange,” “Bus Port,” “The McMorran Acheson Blue Water Transit Center,” “The Illumination Station” and “The Port Huron Bus Center.”

A groundbreaking ceremony 11 a.m. March 16 at the site. Construction is to start this spring.

A mix of federal, state and local funds will pay for the bus hub — 70 percent with federal funds, 17.5 percent from state funds and the remaining 12.5 percent out of the transit agency’s funds.

The center will provide passengers with a heated waiting area, restrooms and bus schedule displays. Maintenance and security staff will be on site during hours of operation.

Blue Water Area Transit bought 3.8 acres in January 2014 for the bus center. The new transfer center will take up about one quarter of that, Wilson said.

Blue Water Area Transit runs a fleet of natural gas buses. In 2014, it had more than 1.33 million riders.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at (810) 989-6270 or twittkowsk@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on March 9, 2015)

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