New transit center opens in Macomb

Go West luncheon

Officials attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Macomb Transit Center on April 1, 2013.

 

Go West buses parked in the new Macomb Transit Center.

Go West buses parked in the new Macomb Transit Center.

The new Macomb Transit Center opened to the public on Monday afternoon.

The center houses the McDonough County Public Transportation Program (MCPT), which includes Western Illinois University’s Go West transit system. An open house and tour was held from 2-5 p.m. at 701 E. Pierce St.

The $13.8 million grant-funded project began last fall and involved the renovation of a former manufacturing facility on East Pierce Street in Macomb. A portion of the building was demolished and the remaining 80,000 square feet was renovated, incorporating “green” technology into the project including solar tracking skylights, high efficiency heating and cooling, reflective roof materials and well-insulated walls and ceilings, according to a news release.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place around noon and featured several local officials such as Macomb Mayor Mike Inman, WIU President Jack Thomas, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider.

During the open house, buses will run continuously to and from the Macomb Transfer Center (next to the Macomb Train Station) and the Sherman Hall front parking lot to the transit facility.