A Transport Center for Downtown; City Council Hearings Previewed

A Transport Center for Downtown; City Council Hearings Previewed

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

City Council neighborhood and business development committee chair Carla Palumbo discusses hearings on the proposed downtown transportation center, and how the project--if built--may impact the downtown business district,

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Bus Terminal

The problem is not to be solved by a massive taxpayer-funded expenditure. It is a scheduling and routing matter that does not require a terminal. We do not need to have all buses pass through Main and Clinton ganging as many as 25 vehicles several times a day. Better timing and more frequent service will solve that problem. Crosstown and suburb-to-suburb routes will also reduce the number of buses coming through that intersection. And this plan will not get one bus off Main St. as the current rationale goes. They will still gang in front of Sibley's to turn right and will still gang along Main St. left turn lane to go onto Clinton. Only now, people will have to walk farther to catch a bus. Finally, an intermodal facility is already somewhat in place with Amtrak, Greyhound and Trailways intercity service at and near the train station. Mortimer St. has nothing to do with intermodal transportation.