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Greenville names transit center for Butterfield

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GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council gave final approval Thursday night to a proposal to name of the soon-to-be-completed Greenville Transportation Activity Center for U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-Wilson.

The center, which is scheduled to be completed in May, officially will be called the G.K. Butterfield Transportation Center in recognition of the congressman’s efforts to secure funding for the project.

“There is no doubt that Congressman Butterfield played a significant role in helping the city secure the funding to make the GTAC project a reality,” Mayor P.J. Connelly said. “It is certainly appropriate for us to name it after him in recognition of his efforts.”

The nearly $7.2 million center is under construction at South Pitt Street and Bonner’s Lane in downtown Greenville. A majority of the funding for the center was provided through federal transportation grants, which Butterfield helped facilitate. About $800,000 of the total cost of the project was provided by the city.

Once completed the 9,200-square-foot facility will serve as the central transportation hub for Greenville, with the Greenville Area Transit, Pitt Area Transit and ECU Transit systems all connecting routes to the center.

In addition, the center will hosts other services, such as airport, medical, railroad and hotel shuttles, taxis and Greyhound buses.

The naming of the center after Butterfield was first proposed during a November 2017 meeting in which council members tasked staff to review several options and recommend a preferred name.

“I am grateful for the dedication put into this project by Congressman G.K. Butterfield,” Councilwoman Kandie Smith said. “His willingness to be persistent allowed us the needed funding to help make this project a reality. To name it after him is indeed an honor.”

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