Coeur d'Alene and Kootenai County working on designs for new transit center

KREM 2's Amanda Roley takes a look at where officials are in the process of designing the new center.

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- The city of Coeur d'Alene and Kootenai County one step closer to a design for a new transit center.

The transit center would be built at the bus hub off of Seltice Way.

Kootenai County Commissioners have started a design committee. Members represent Post Falls, Hayden and Coeur d'Alene. 

The city council in Coeur d'Alene said it hopes a new design will include a lobby that is heated so it can keep people inside and out of the cold.

"They wanted to hear our feedback. And our feedback from the city of Coeur d'Alene was that we don't want people standing out in the cold," said city council member Dan Gookin. "We want them to be sheltered, warm, especially this time of year. We want them to have access to bathrooms." 

Gookin also serves on the design committee. The committee has only had one meeting. County commissioners are listening to suggestions for the design and cost estimates.

Back in November, the city held off on renewing its payment to CityLink transit after county transit leaders said a lobby in the new transit center would attract homeless people and increase crime. The city has since made the payment since the council has a way to weigh in on the design. 

"We have the committee, we are going to discuss the design issues," said Gookin. "One of the reasons I was reluctant to give the money was because we don't have any input. Now we have input. So we are moving in the right direction."

The design committee is expected to meet again sometime after the holidays in January.

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