SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A $4.4 million public transportation project is becoming a reality for Springfield residents.
Springfield City Utilities is celebrating an uprgrade of its new bus transit center that will open Sunday, May 8. But the formal dedication for the new bus transit center will take place at 10:00 a.M. Friday, May 6.
The transit center was built to enhance and complement surrounding development activities in the area.
Joel Alexander, City Utilities Communication Manager, says there will be three new additional routes. Alexander says it’s a multi mobile way for people getting place to place.
Alexander says the reason for placing the new transit center in the downtown area is because it is more conveinient for bus riders that are going to be able to utilize the center for years to come.
“We’re seeing ridership kind of on a growth pattern right now. It kind of ebbs and flows with the type of community we are,” Alexander says. “With a lot of college students. We provide a lot of rides to high school students to Springfield Public Schools students, they utilize it a lot. So we’re kind of cyclical on some of the peak times.
While the center will be open this Sunday, the first full day of operation for the new facility will start Monday morning at 6 am.