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City transportation center to be renamed for Miller

Altoona Parking Authority chairman passed away in November

The Altoona Transportation Center is getting a new name.

The facility, built in 1986, is being named the Patrick M. Miller Transportation Center in honor of the late executive director of the Altoona Parking Authority.

The announcement was made Friday by Altoona Mayor Matt Pacifico at the Altoona Blair County Development Corp. annual meeting at Blair County Convention Center.

Miller, 69, died suddenly on Nov. 10.

“Pat loved working with those who served on the authority. Parking was a chess game, balancing the growth of the city with the number of spaces. Pat often stretched the definition of parking. He walked the streets doing what needed to be done. In the end, it was more than a transportation center or physical garage, it was the heart of the downtown. He did what he could do to make it the best it could be,” Pacifico said.

PennDOT recently has awarded a $1.29 million multimodal grant to help the city renovate the downtown transportation center.

Miller also served as the executive vice president of Altoona Blair County Development Corp. and as executive director of Greater Altoona Economic Development Corp.

Retired ABCD Corp. president/CEO Marty Marasco said he was pleased to see the center named for his longtime colleague and friend.

“Pat loved the city, it was like a family to him. He enjoyed what he did, he truly loved it. To Pat it wasn’t work, it was a labor of love,” Marasco said. “He worked very diligently to make it (transportation center) successful in a very difficult situation. It is more than a facility, it is an expression of what Pat meant to the community.”

A formal dedication will be held after the improvements are made at the center, Pacifico said.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 814-946-7467.

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