A new passenger train and bus station will be a reality for the area thanks to a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said Monday.

The new station will be located on West Montague Avenue not far from North Charleston Coliseum. It will link Amtrak passenger trains, Greyhound/Southeastern Stages and Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority buses, taxis, limousines and maybe regional high-speed rail.

The Intermodal Transportation Center will look much like the old Union Train Station in Charleston, which burned in 1947. It will provide a better first-impression than the decaying Amtrak station, officials said.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and House Majority Whip James Clyburn played key roles in securing the $6 million, which will be added to $1 million already in the bank and an expected $475,000 coming down the pike, said Howard Chapman, CARTA executive director.

"This is a big breakthrough," Chapman said.

Read more in Tuesday's editions of The Post and Courier.