Should the City of Riverside really shelve plans to build a transit center next to the Riverside Downtown Metrolink Station?
Could the private sector be inclined to salvage a worthwhile Downtown
Riverside multi-modal transit center project at its Metrolink station?
With transit rerouting yet to be analyzed and public funds in jeopardy,
the City of Riverside has
shelving the multi-modal project altogether and instead decide to renovate the existing downtown bus terminal...Not good.
According to the
Riding in Riverside Transit Blog and from previous field studies,
the existing Downtown Riverside Terminal lacks capacity for existing and
planned expanded services including future rapid buses.
A neighboring public parking lot would likely need to be acquired
and converted into bus bays to accommodate the new BRT. Adding on-street
bus stops is likely out of the question; several express buses already
layover on the
The Transit Coalition would like to see the transit station developed at
the Metrolink station complete with outlets for private bus carriers
such as Greyhound in conjunction with a pedestrian/bicycle bridge over
the 91 freeway seamlessly
linking the station with the downtown core. A public-private partnership
with a developer, private bus carriers, and/or investors, in which The
Transit Coalition has advocated in the past, may be the long awaited
answer to get this stalled
transit project moving. Incentives to get the private sector to invest
in Downtown Riverside must be considered by local officials if Riverside
is to have a robust transportation system with a local job market.