Kemper Street Transfer Facility

Accommodating all modes of transportation in Lynchburg, Virginia

The Greater Lynchburg Transit Company (GLTC) needed to find a new location for an existing bus transfer center. An extensive site selection process determined the new facility should be located on Kemper Street across from the current historic Amtrak Station, creating an intermodal hub for the City of Lynchburg. Great consideration was given to select an appropriate site that would not only accommodate a state-of-the-art facility, but one that promoted environmental stewardship and community connectivity. GLTC and the project team used an evaluation matrix to rate potential sites; criteria included sustainable strategies recognized by the LEED rating system, neighborhood revitalization, potential for growth and increased ridership. After careful deliberation, the Kemper Street location met GLTC’s operational needs and environmental goals. As a designated brownfield, remediation ensured the environmental quality of the site, benefiting the community as a whole.

Project Objectives

New location for an existing bus transfer facility


GLTC was looking for a new location for their transfer facility. When going through the site selection process, having a truly multimodal center was at the forefront of the design team’s minds. Therefore, an abandoned warehouse across the street from an existing Amtrak station was chosen as the ideal site.

Promote environmental stewardship and community connectivity


Understanding the significant impact education can have on promoting individual sustainability efforts, GLTC is committed to highlighting green elements of the project. Signage was placed around the facility to communicate building performance, and staff and travelers can request a guided tour.

provide an enjoyable experience for riders and a healthy work environment for employees


Indoor environmental quality was a principal focus in designing the interior spaces of the transfer center. Productive work spaces, comfortable spaces, natural ventilation and maximizing daylighting were criteria for design decisions.