With the help of a $5,845,300 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s RAISE program, the Greenlink Bus Stops infrastructure in Greenville will undergo significant upgrades.
The grant was recently announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation as a part of the RAISE (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) program. The RAISE program objective is to boost the transit user experience, improve safety for all users, and promote the use of Greenlink buses.
More than 300 bus stops in Greenville and throughout Greenville County will receive upgrades, including a variety of shelters, push-button lighting, and benches.
James Keel, executive director of the Greenville Transit Authority, said, “We’ve got some nice stops right now. New shelters, solar lighting. Hopefully, with this grant, we’re looking at putting in about 330 more upgrades to bus stops in our system now, out of the 420 some odd stops we have. It’s going to be a significant upgrade to what we have. “
The projects were evaluated based on a variety of factors, including safety, environmental sustainability, and community connectivity, before being chosen to receive RAISE funding. The Department of Transportation studied the effects that projects will have on accessibility for residents of the surrounding communities, particularly those who live in low-income areas.
According to Keel, the project’s rollout could take several years and will probably involve four to five phases.
For additional information, go to the City of Greenville website.