It will soon be easier to get around in D'Iberville thanks to a project the Coast Transit Authority (C.T.A.) has in the works. The drive in D'Iberville should be getting a little easier for some people when a nearly $2 million C.T.A. Park and Drive Hub is completed on Central Avenue.
Rusty Quave, the Mayor of D’Iberville, says, “People can actually come. You can actually park your car here and leave this location and take a bus to Hancock County, Jackson County and use their gas and not yours.” D'Iberville resident, Ricky Treloar, has his own wheels, but says he's open to the idea of saving on gas and using the C.T.A. hub when it's up and running. Treloar says, “D’Iberville has never had a thing like this, so I think it would be a good thing because you know everyone can catch a ride.” With this new hub, folks will be able to park and ride and not just catch a ride.
Jeff Taylor, the City Planner for D’Iberville, says, “We know that it has a lot of ridership on our route and it is one of the most successful routes on the C.T.A. line.” Thousands of people drive through D'Iberville each day for work and leisure. The project is slated to be completed in nine months. It will mark the first time the area has had a bus hub in 30 years. City leaders believe it will also play a role in revitalizing the downtown area. Taylor also says, “This area where the transit hub is located is adjacent to it, so it will be a real center of the city down there and we hope to build it out and become shops and open space and entertainment.”
Quave also says, “Perfect fit for the new downtown redevelopment area.” This project has been in the works for two years. If all goes as planned, the new travel hub will be up and running within the next year. City leaders will use a $7 million grant to pay for the hub. The remaining funds will go toward parking for a casino if one is approved.