"Our project is essentially shovel-ready, with very limited real estate," said Steve Arrington, JTA director of resource development.
The current plan has been on the books since early 2008.
The existing Prime Osborn could function as a train station when it's not being used for conventions or other events, Arrington
said, although he
said exactly how that would work hasn't been determined.
Without stimulus funding, JTA
will probably take a piecemeal approach of getting different funding over several years, Arrington
and others are trying to sell the transportation center as an urban growth hub that could encourage restaurants, businesses and people to move into the downtown area, creating more than the 25 jobs that would result from the first phase.
said cities such as Charlotte and Memphis built transportation centers similar to what JTA wants and retail businesses followed.
blames the ridership drop on the recession and thinks the primary problem with the Skyway is that there's no good way for people to access it.
More downtown development, and a transportation network that drops people off at the Skyway, would increase ridership, he
"In most cities, people take a commuter train to a bus or subway," Arrington