La Plaza at Brownsville Kicks Off Downtown Revitalization
(Brownsville, TX) The grand opening of the La Plaza at Brownsville Multimodal Terminal on April 12, 2012 officially kicked off the revitalization of historic Brownsville with a state of the art transit terminal, complete with restaurants and retail space.
“La Plaza at Brownsville is a connection to the rest of the world. Visitors can catch a ride on Brownsville Metro, enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants and travel to Mexico and the rest of the nation by using one of the many transit provider options housed in the terminal,” said Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez.
The terminal is the new home of the Brownsville Metro service and features 12 bus bays, two layover spaces and canopy shelters for boarding. 17 bus bays and three layover spaces are utilized by regional, national and international intercity bus companies. The intercity transit providers inside the terminal include Brownsville Metro, El Espreso, Tornado, Panamericanas, Omnibus-Express, VTC, Transpáis and Americanos.
“The terminal begins the revitalization of our downtown,” said Mayor Martinez. “La Plaza’s proximity to the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southernmost College campuses, the Gateway International Bridge and the soon to be parking garage make it the heart of our city.”
The project cost approximately $31 million. The Federal Transit Administration contributed $24 million in grant funds, $2,331,569 was contributed through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009.
To promote the terminal and its services, Brownsville Metro staff launched a Facebook page and a Twitter page. Brownsville citizens are encouraged to subscribe at Facebook.com/LaPlazaBrownsville and Twitter.com/LaPlazaB.
Subway, The Nutty Bavarian and Albisola Coffee are now open inside the terminal. Church’s Chicken and Wingstop will begin construction and open within the next few months.