Residents Remain Divided Over Cheaper Alternative to Bus Rapid Transit
Published February 27th, 2014
GAINESVILLE -- After raising concerns about the viability of a new "bus rapid transit" system, consultants for Gainesville's Regional Transit System are proposing a less-costly alternative.
At a public workshop Wednesday night, the consultant hired by RTS presented the scaled-back plan, which includes more frequent service, more buses and better technology to help keep traffic flowing.
According to data presented at the meeting, the alternative plan will end up costing the city a total of nearly $50 million over a 10 year span.
While the alternative plan is not nearly as pricey as the original one, residents still seem divided on whether it's a wise investment for the city to pursue.
"Cost is a huge concern," said Alachua County resident Judy Baker, who opposes spending any money on the project. "The Gainesville government is spending way more than it has coming in."
"I think Gainesville really is going to grow a lot," said city resident Bob Karp, who supports the new plan. "We're going to have higher densities in the future, and people are going to be looking for opportunities other than being just car dependent."
RTS officials will present the feedback gathered at the workshop to city commissioners next month when they make their final proposal.
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