A Newport Beach architectural firm has been hired to draft plans for converting the old Santa Fe depot into a combined commuter-rail and bus station.
The $97,000 contract was awarded to Thirtieth Street Architects, which had submitted the lower of two bids on the design phase of the project. The firm's representatives estimated that its work will be completed by May, 1991.
City Councilman Algird G. Leiga said Proposition A money earmarked for the project would be better used on immediate improvements to public transportation within the city. The commuter trains that would use the renovated depot are not expected to run until fall, 1992.
But Mayor Nicholas Presecan said the city must must move quickly "so that we won't be standing at the track without the trains going by."