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Intermodal

What does “Intermodal” mean?

The Joe Murray Rivers, Jr. Intermodal Transit Center serves as a mobility hub, connecting Savannah’s local bus service with the airport, cross-country coach, and train.

View the route schedules that keep you connected, or click on each logo below for more information.

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Greyhound logo

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Joe Murray Rivers, Jr.

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Click the link below to view the official Board Resolution naming the transit center after Joe Murray Rivers, Jr.

Transit Center Resolution

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Joe Murray Rivers, Jr. Intermodal Transit Center

Features

Opened on October 7, 2013, the Joe Murray Rivers, Jr. Intermodal Transit Center is the culmination of a transportation dream more than 15 years in the making. It was named for Joe Murray Rivers, Jr., a staunch transit advocate, former Chatham County commissioner, CAT board member, and interim executive director at CAT. Click the link in the box to the right to read the full resolution naming this facility.

  • Centrally located in the heart of downtown Savannah with close proximity to Hutchinson Island and the South Carolina border
  • Capacity for fourteen buses to be at the center at the same time
  • Four separate bays available for Greyhound buses
  • A covered transfer platform with built-in lighting for safe, secure and efficient off-street boarding and alighting
  • Climate-controlled facility open 24-7 for transit patrons, commuters and employees
  • Indoor waiting area, ticketing, and passenger services including Wi-Fi
  • Tourist information available on-site and the Visitors Information Center is three blocks away
  • Art in Transit, cultural and historic display areas
  • CAT administration and meeting areas

Advantages for Customers

  • Easier transfers – All buses that travel downtown go to this facility, so transfers can be made in one easy stop. This eliminates most on-street transfers while at the same time providing amenities for comfort, convenience, and safety.
  • Simpler schedules – The transit center works on a pulse system. Pulse systems allow buses to arrive and depart at specific times on or after each hour (e.g., x:15, x:30). Pulse scheduling makes it easy to remember bus schedules and promotes on-time performance.
  • Clearer directions – New wayfinding signs with both visual and verbal cues make navigation easier for long-time residents and brand new visitors alike. Sample signs:
    sample icons sample direction signs sample restroom sign

Advantages for employees and the community

  • Convenience – Routing all of the downtown buses to the transit center gives our operators a safe location for restroom breaks and access to vending machines.
  • Professionalism – On-site meeting rooms provide a professional atmosphere in a convenient location for easier planning and coordination with city, county and community partners.
  • Connectivity – This intermodal center links the airport with downtown Savannah in a manner befitting the Hostess City. It combines a public transportation hub with the Greyhound depot, provides walkers and cyclists with mobility options and information, and serves motorists with a convenient one-stop shop for drop-offs and pick-ups with modern amenities and historic charm.
  • Increased safety – Traveling in the downtown area means contending with high volumes of pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists looking to parallel park. Having a central location for downtown buses to go to provides more freedom to create bus routes that leave higher pedestrian-volume areas uninterrupted.
  • Environmental Sustainability – This LEED Gold certified facility was designed to operate in a more environmentally friendly manner by reducing waste and harmful greenhouse gas emissions and conserving energy and water.
    Logo for LEED gold certification

Groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting ceremonies

More than fifteen years in the making, the center’s groundbreaking ceremony was held Feb. 29, 2012 and the official benediction and ribbon-cutting took place on Oct. 4, 2013. Both celebrations were well-attended and greatly enjoyed by all. Visit our Videos page for news coverage, or see and comment on the pictures on our Facebook page.

Project description

Chatham Area Transit engaged in an ongoing process with numerous stakeholders to develop a downtown transit center. In March of 2006, a site selection study was undertaken at the request of the CAT board to search for an appropriate site for the transit center.

On March 7, 2008 the CAT board designated the Greyhound property as the locally preferred site for submission to FTA. The process involved environmental reviews and seeking approval of the State Historic Preservation Office and Savannah Historic District Board of Review in accordance with FTA requirements. The FTA had to approve the environmental document and concur with the development of the project.

The transit center houses CAT offices and Greyhound operations. The transfer canopy and platform hold 14 bays for buses. Greyhound continues to operate out of four separate bays at the facility.

CAT received endorsement and support for the project and location from the Historic Savannah Foundation.

Funding for the project included several grants. The total project cost was about $14.5 million, which included property acquisition.

Documentation

The following information has been provided in pdf form for the public. The items are arranged in chronological order with the most recent at the top. Please visit the Federal Transit Administration’s website for additional links and information.

December 2011Revised Finding Of No Significant Impact (FONSI) signed by the FTA with Attachment 1: Environmental Commitments Table

September 2011Amendment to the 2008 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by the FTA and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division

April 2011 – Conceptual Site Design Studies for the Downtown Intermodal Transit Facility prepared by Cogdell & Mendrala Architects, PC in association with Wendel Duchscherer Architects & Engineers

September 2008Finding Of No Significant Impact (FONSI) signed by the FTA

Intermodal

What does “Intermodal” mean?

The Joe Murray Rivers, Jr. Intermodal Transit Center serves as a mobility hub, connecting Savannah’s local bus service with the airport, cross-country coach, and train.

View the route schedules that keep you connected, or click on each logo below for more information.

Amtrak logo

Greyhound logo

SHH_Logo_Print

Joe Murray Rivers, Jr.

joe-murray-rivers-jr
Click the link below to view the official Board Resolution naming the transit center after Joe Murray Rivers, Jr.

Transit Center Resolution

Pulse System Fast Facts

pulse-smallWith the opening of the Transit Center, the pulse system we’ve been introducing over the past year and a half is in full effect. Learn about it here.

Pulse System Fast Facts

FAQ

green question markFind the answers to our customers’ most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), and let us know if you have any to add.

Frequently Asked Questions

Upcoming Events

Looking for something to do? As a proud member of this community, CAT is pleased to keep you informed about what’s happening.

Upcoming Events