Mayor Announces Reduced Design for State Street Bus Stations | Local government
BID executive director Tiffany Kenney said the new designs do little to address these bigger concerns about the future of the streets.
“It’s hard to choose the outfit for the party if you don’t want to go to the party,” Kenney said.
Kenney and others say State Street construction stations will lock onto the street as a transportation corridor for the next 50 years, making it more difficult to adapt to unforeseen changes in technology and society.
“I want to be able to evolve for 50 years,” said Dmitri Vranas, whose family has operated the Parthenon Gyros for half a century on State Street.
Capitol Square and State Street were identified in 2013 as part of BRT’s original 15-mile route and repeatedly reaffirmed with input from the public, city transportation director Tom Lynch said.
The BRT, the city’s largest transit modernization in 20 years, will run only 100, 200, and 300 blocks across the street, and many of the new buses will be quieter, cleaner electric models. , depending on the city.
While this would affect some seating and trees on the sidewalks, the BRT would not interfere with sidewalk cafes and street vendors, Lynch said, and the 6 a.m. to midnight service would provide a transportation alternative for people who go to shows or dinner or work late.