Island park and ride plan is on the go

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The design is in and plans are moving forward for the Island’s park and ride facility.

“The design looks nice. It’s an Island look, so as you come off the causeway it’s a nice appearance,” Mayor Barry Patel said.

The transportation hub is projected to be operational by summer of 2017. It will be located between the access road and Padre Boulevard in front of Pearl South Padre.

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $3.5 million to the city of South Padre Island for the project. The city didn’t have to provide any matching funds.

The two-story building will have a coastal comfort feel to it and will be the next building visitors will see as they enter the Island.

The facility will offer “intermodal” connections between automobile and bus, providing a better transfer location for visitors to the Island. It will also provide riders the safety of a secured building with lighting and a security officer.

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