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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Intermodal Transportation Center



Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and Hazleton are getting them-- intermodal transportation centers.

This is the view from South Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre. I dropped by Tuesday morning to watch the street close so a giant crane could be dismantled.

The intermodal transportation center features space for buses and taxis on the ground floor, with more than 700 parking spaces above. Wilkes-Barre officials say it'll get the buses off Public Square, which will mean more metered parking spots for cars. It seems to make sense. There have been complaints the bus stop will be too far away from the square. It seems like a reasonable walk to me. We'll see how it works when it's finished later this year.

By the way, there's something about a construction project that brings out the kid in all of us. I wanted to stay longer, but couldn't. A few people had gathered on the sidewalk to watch the crane be taken apart. The process was quite entertaining.