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City of Jacksonville to build park-and-ride lot

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JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - The City of Jacksonville wants to build a park-and-ride parking lot in the Jacksonville Commons.

The city wants to convert a wooded area in the commons into a 200-space parking lot. It will be used for people who ride the city's bus system and who use the Greyhound transportation service out of town. The city also plans to use the space for overflow parking when there are events held in the Jacksonville Commons.

City Tranportation Services Director Anthony Prinz said the amount of people who have been using the bus system has increased by 14 percent the last three years.

"That is significant growth for a transit system, particularly as small as one as Jacksonville transit," Prinz said. "If you look at other systems across the state, if they grow by two or three percent, they're estatic about it."

The parking lot will cost about $940,000. A transportation grant would pay for $750,000 of the project. Prinz said the parking lot will cost taxpayers no money because the city owns the land.

The design for the project will be finished by the fall. The parking lot should be finished by the summer of 2018.

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