AUBURN — Long-awaited plans to build a downtown bus hub and transportation center get a public review at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The city and the Lewiston-Auburn Transportation Committee will host a public meeting in Auburn Hall to discuss building the center in Great Falls Plaza.

The city and the committee have been trying to build the center, a companion to Lewiston’s Oak Street bus station, since 2002.

The committee was given a $250,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration in 2002 to build a bus station in Auburn. The city also will pay up to $250,000 in Tax Increment Finance money to help fund the center. The station would be small, with room for a warm seating area, two public restrooms and a break area for drivers.

Original plans in 2002 put the station alongside a proposed Great Falls Plaza garage in the parking lot near the Auburn Esplanade and Hilton Garden Inn.

However, that garage was not built and the transit committee moved the hub for Auburn’s bus traffic to Spring Street, near Hannaford supermarket.

The city released a drawing of the planned Spring Street bus station this past spring but was unable to negotiate a lease for the land.

Councilors decided in October to move the proposed station back to Great Falls Plaza.

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