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RMTD prepped for demolition of downtown bus station

RMTD to build brand new facility

By Jim Hagerty

DOWNTOWN — The project to build a new Rockford Mass Transit District transfer station downtown will begin next week, officials reported Friday.

Starting Tuesday, Feb. 6, the existing station at the corner of West State and Court streets will be torn down and replaced with a new facility. Construction is expected to take about a year.

The $4 million project will be funded by state and federal grants.

No bus routes will be disrupted during construction. Buses will operate out of a temporary transfer facility at the southwest corner of Mulberry and Court streets.

“All buses that start eastbound will be on the south side of Mulberry, and all buses that are westbound will be on the north side of Mulberry,” RMTD’s Lisa Brown told reporters.

Tuesday, as buses begin using the temporary station, Mulberry Street will only be open to RMTD vehicles.

The temporary station will have almost all of the amenities of the old facility. Passengers can buy passes and ask questions at the customer service window; seating and soda machines will be available. The building is ADA compliant.

There will be no functional bus arrival board at the interim station. Officials urge passengers to pay close attention to the time to avoid missing the bus.

Rockford Mass Transit District operates seven days per week along 19 bus routes. RMTD also operates Rockford the Rockford Paratransit service that operates on the same schedule. R.

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