Florence's new TANK hub under construction

FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) will soon have a new hub in Florence.

It's a $2 million construction project that began this spring, located at the corner of Mall Road and Heights Boulevard.

TANK has provided transit services to Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties as well as downtown Cincinnati since 1973. TANK's current hub is in Ft. Wright.

It's something Florence Mayor Diane Whalen says is a long time coming.

"I believe that this is something the community has been waiting for," said Whalen. "It does provide an opportunity to come, park your car and reach all points on their route system, so the employment opportunities here, as well as the people that work downtown Cincinnati and all points in between."

Whalen believes the new hub will be good for business.

"With the completion of the Mall Road improvements, the sidewalk makes it available for people to get off the bus at the transit hub and walk to the shopping, to the movies, to the entertainment venues," said Whalen.

TANK officials say it will better connect residents throughout Northern Kentucky suburbs and generate more ridership within the area.

The Florence hub will be completed in October 2013 and will begin service on November 3. According to TANK officials, they are working on the development of two additional hubs in Northern Kentucky - One near Northern Kentucky University and the other at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

No word yet on when these projects are expected to begin.

See TANK routes and schedules here: http://www.tankbus.org/

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