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Columbia City Council to vote on new Greyhound bus stop, funding for Roots & Blues Festival

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

The Columbia City Council plans to vote Monday night on a new bus stop at the Wabash Station.

Greyhound Lines is requesting to utilize the Wabash Station as a drop-off and pick-up point for its route from Kansas City to St. Louis twice a day.

Under the agreement, GoComo Transit would provide one dedicated space at the Wabash Station for Greyhound Lines to use.

According to agenda documents, he idea is for this stop in Columbia to better serve students and citizens wanting to travel over breaks, holidays, and to a metropolitan area. Currently, the closet stop is at Midway Travel Plaza.

The city said there will be no extra costs for Greyhound lines to utilize the one dedicated space to load and unload passengers twice a day.

Also during Monday night's meeting, council members are scheduled to vote on new funding for the Roots & Blues Festival.

The request is for $20,000, which will assist with temporary light towers, defined as critical infrastructure to boost the events safety. Columbia City Council approved the same funding in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

The 2020 festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic but is making a comeback this year, and current ticket sales are on track to be higher than normal. Officials are anticipating larger crowds since people are getting out again and traveling more to see live music in person.

City council also plans to vote for a second time on the parking agreement for the new Cherry Street hotel downtown. Under the agreement, the hotel could use spaces in the Tenth Street parking garage.

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Zola Crowder

Zola Crowder joined the ABC 17 News team as a multimedia journalist in June 2020 after graduating from the University of Missouri with a broadcast journalism degree. Before reporting at ABC 17, Zola was a reporter at KOMU where she learned to cover politics, crime, education, economics and more.

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