Peterborough’s downtown transit terminal is about to receive a long-needed security upgrade.

And this will go beyond cameras and panic buttons – if all goes according to plan, city police will set up a satellite station in the former coffee shop location, right at the heart of the troubled bus station.

A city staff report outlining the need for safety upgrades in the wake of a recent wave of criminal activity at the terminal likely comes as no surprise to anyone who uses it regularly.

The station is located on Simcoe Street between George and Aylmer. It’s the hub for city transit – all routes start and end there, making it a transfer point for thousands of people a day. It’s on the ground floor of a multi-level parking garage with access points on Simcoe and Charlotte streets, through which hundreds of vehicles pass daily.

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