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Dubuque kicks off major transportation hub construction

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

A ceremony Tuesday morning kicked off construction on Dubuque's Intermodal Transportation Center.

A hundred people gathered in Dubuque's Historic Millwork District to mark the occasion.

The facility will include a three-story parking ramp and a bus terminal, which will service the city's public bus system the Jule as well as regional bus services.

Speakers at Tuesday's event included U.S. Department of Transportation Region 7 administrator Mokhtee Ahmad as well as East Central Intergovernmental Association executive director Kelley Deutmeyer.

"We're looking at this as a central hub for Dubuque to connect all modes of transportation," Deutmeyer said, adding the facility could also service an Amtrak connection. "You could park in the facility - the parking piece, hop on the bus at the terminal and just disperse out to all areas of the community."

Local officials hope it will also be a hub for pedestrians and bicyclists, too.

"We have a excellent trail system here in Dubuque," Deutmeyer said. "What we we're wanting to do is for people to be able to bike, and if they want to leave their bikes, they can leave them there, walk the trails that are all along the Mississippi River, and then hop on the Jule, go to other areas of the community, come back, get their bike and go again."

The bus terminal and parking ramp are set for completion next year. Later in 2015, the city will complete a bus storage and maintenance facility.

The budget for phase 1, which includes the bus terminal and parking ramp, is $15,666,699. A Federal Transit Administration State of Good Repair Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will cover $7,038,173 of that. An Intercity Bus Grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation will contribute $199,916 to phase 1. The rest of the funding -- $8,428,610 -- will come from the city of Dubuque, through Urban Renewal Bonds paid by Greater Downtown TIF.

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