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Bus transit center gets rolling in downtown Atascadero

Downtown Atascadero's new transit center is located next to City Hall and Colony Square along Capistrano Avenue.
Downtown Atascadero's new transit center is located next to City Hall and Colony Square along Capistrano Avenue.

A central hub for public transportation is now open in downtown Atascadero.

The transit center, which includes outdoor bench shelters, bus turnouts and crosswalks, is next to City Hall and Colony Square along Capistrano Avenue. It’s been under construction since summer.

The state-funded project serves as a central drop-off and pickup spot for city and regional buses.

Construction cost approximately $674,000, according to the city. The total project cost wasn't immediately available, but previous estimates placed it at $990,000.

New bike racks, solar powered lighting, decorative street lighting and an information kiosk are also included. There are also new sidewalks, stamped concrete crosswalks and new asphalt for Capistrano Avenue.

The project was funded with state money, requested by the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by California voters in 2008.

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