'Park and Ride' project in Marion, IL to begin on June 28

Work to begin on new transit station in Marion, IL
The location at 2315 W. Main St. is near the grounds of the VA medical clinic (Source: Rides Mass Transit)
The location at 2315 W. Main St. is near the grounds of the VA medical clinic (Source: Rides Mass Transit)

MARION, IL (KFVS) - Rides Mass Transit District will be starting a 1.8 million dollar project June 28 to build what they are calling a park and ride terminal in Marion, Ill. to help people get around the southern Illinois area more easily.

People will be able to schedule a ride and park their vehicle and ride to their destination, or lets others have a place to wait while being transferred.

The location at 2315 W. Main St. is near the grounds of the VA medical clinic and will allow easier access for passengers using public transportation from across southern Illinois.

"It will expand the availability and identification of the services that rural transit and certainly Rides Mass Transit provides for the citizens of the area," said RMTD CEO Bill Jung "We want to make it more efficient and easier to use, and that's really what this transfer center is going to be all about."

While RMTD will be spearheading the project other rural transportation companies will be able to use the facilities as well to transfer or pick up passengers.

Money for the project comes from grants from Delta Regional and Illinois Department of Transportation.

amenities will include a passenger terminal with climate-controlled waiting areas displaying real-time bus information along with covered bus slips.

The RMTD covers 18 counties in Illinois and helps about 700,000 people get to where they need to go.  They are hoping to have the project built in under a year, the build schedule currently sits at a little over 250 days.

They will be building the terminal near the VA hospital.  The terminal will have A/C and restrooms for people using the service.

Bill Jung Mass Ride Transit Districts CEO spoke about how having a location will help improve peoples experience.

"That structure helps repeatable transportation be available," said Jung. "I think that once they get a good connection where the nexus of those things are available, I think it improves the system that is there."

Expected completion for the project is early 2019. More information can be found by visiting ridesmtd.com.

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