by Sam Hieb
I got an email from the City of Greensboro’s Participatory Budgeting division:
It will be a few months before funding is available to start any of the Participatory Budgeting (PB) Greensboro projects residents approved during Cycle 3. But City staff is already doing the legwork on one big project: the weekend downtown trolley pilot program.
Citywide, voters in all five Council Districts voted to spend $90,000 on the project. City staff have spent the last few months working with stakeholder groups to nail down details.
….With stakeholder input, the staff settled on a 15-minute, north-south route that would run primarily along Elm Street between the Lo-Fi area and the South Elm Street business district.
This route would take riders close to the new Tanger Performing Arts Center, First National Bank Field, and the Douglas Galyon Depot. Specific stops are still being explored, and will depend on available space and pedestrian safety concerns.
One day–God willing–the world will be back to normal, and plans have to continue in anticipation of that. But public transportation has tragically proven to be a extremely high-risk for coronavirus and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.
With that in mind, Antiplanner wonders–correctly— why transit agencies got any money at all in the $2.2 billion relief bill.