Plymouth: Officials looking to create a transportation center

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By Bobbi Clark

Officials in Plymouth are looking at creating a transportation center to improve accessibility to downtown for visitors and tourists.

Right now, visitors who come to town by bus or train have no way to get from the bus stop at Exit 5 or the train stations in Kingston or Plymouth to the downtown area.

John Burke, who directs operations for Park Plymouth and Plymouth Growth and Development, gives an example of how that will change with the establishment of a transportation center downtown.

“If you’re a visitor coming into South Station and you’re coming from Europe, you’re going to get on an intercity bus service, you have a way to get into the downtown with a direct connection that will bring you to a facility –make transfers to other services, get on foot and enjoy everything that Plymouth has to offer,” said Burke.

But how would such a center be funded?

“This is a partnership between the town of Plymouth, between GATRA, who is the regional transit provider here and Plymouth Growth and Development Corporation and Park Plymouth. It’s a collaboration and the funding actually for it comes through GATRA—the transit provider– through FTA federal funding for such a facility,” said Burke.

The public is invited to attend a site selection study meeting on June 8th at 7 p.m. at the Plymouth Arts Center.

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