After an initial meeting, talks will continue between CARTA and federal transportation officials on the best location for the long-planned rail and bus passenger terminal in North Charleston.

Both sides reported productive discussion of the issues facing the Intermodal Transportation Center.

“We are all singing from the same sheet of music,” said Elliott Summey, chairman of the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority.

To date, the federal government has spent $9 million on the project. “Our goal is to develop a solution that will benefit Charleston’s transit riders by providing a needed intermodal center while making the federal taxpayers whole in the existing and future investments in the project,” said Brian Farber, Federal Transportation Administration associate administrator for communications and congressional affairs.

The planned three-story intermodal center will be the new home for CARTA , Amtrak, Greyhound and Southeastern Stages. Local leaders have bemoaned the first-impression of the area created by the condition of the Amtrak station on Gaynor Avenue and the Dorchester Road bus station.