Officials Discuss Possibility Of ‘mini Transit Hub’ In Nanticoke

September 26, 2018

NANTICOKE — The Nantego Development Project could be home to a “mini transit hub” in downtown Nanticoke if it is built, said Norm Gavlick, Luzerne County Transportation Authority executive director. LCTA officials have met with the Nanticoke General Municipal Authority to give their ideas about how the project could include public transit. Possible ideas include widening East Main Street to accommodate a pull-off stop for buses and including an indoor waiting area for riders. “We agreed to use it if they provide it,” Gavlick said. The $21.6 million project at the 100 block of East Main Street would include 36 one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units for seniors citizens whose income is 60 percent of the area’s median income or lower, according to a grant submitted to the Department of Community and Economic Development. It would also include commercial space on the street level and a parking garage. The grant application mentions a LIFE Geisinger facility for senior citizens, but that might be replaced by a YMCA program for older adults, wrote Mark S. Grochocki, the chief of staff for state Sen. John Yudichak, D-14, Plymouth Twp. The project would demolish 13 “mostly vacant and blighted” properties. LCTA may also move an existing bus stop around the corner from a Geisinger facility so as not to block traffic on Main Street. With a transit hub in downtown Nanticoke, LCTA would change some routes to make travel more efficient for riders in the southern end of the Wyoming Valley. Route 14, which includes Glen Lyon, Nanticoke, Hanover Twp. and Wilkes-Barre, and Route 15, which includes Nanticoke, Hanover Twp. and Wilkes-Barre, would change. Route 22, which runs from Plymouth to Wilkes-Barre, might also change. “It could open up the lower end of the valley. There would be a lot of possibilities for people who want to get around from Nanticoke without having to come back to Wilkes-Barre first,” Gavlick said. Contact the writer: bwellock@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2051, @CVBillW

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