The Downtown Transportation Center waiting area has reopened.
The waiting room and snack bar closed a week ago with little notice, after the vendor notified the city that he could not fulfill the terms of his lease.
Empanada Durada closed immediately and the city shut down the waiting area to partition it from the lunch counter.
It re-opened Friday morning so passengers would have a dry place to wait for the bus. CBJ Parks and Recreation Director Brent Fischer says the city is now in the process of creating a Request for Proposals for a new vendor.
“One of the things we’re looking for is someone who can convey information regarding Capital Transit’s bus schedule, make change, any other information that a typical patron using bus might have. But if they want to come in and have food or coffee service, we’re certainly open to that. If they have a different type of business, we will definitely look at it,” Fischer says. “We just want to make sure it’s conducive to the environment of a bus waiting area.”
Fischer says the last vendor operated in the space for about 18 months, and had negotiated a lease with the city of 100 dollars a month.
He says a new vendor would be required to operate the same hours as the transit center.
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