LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — On Friday, Main Street in Lynchburg will be open to two-way traffic for the first time since 1954 between Fifth and 11th Streets. The last remaining block with one-way traffic, the 1100 block, will become two-way later this year.
Two-way traffic is just one bit of transportation news out of Lynchburg. The Greater Lynchburg Transit Company is also considering changes to some of its bus routes, some of which coincide with the two-way traffic on Main Street.
“The one-way traffic was really oriented towards making it easy for cars to get in and out of downtown when people really didn’t want to be downtown,” said Jim Talian, the manager of the Main Street Renewal Project.
Talian says the new traffic patterns will help slow traffic and be more pedestrian-friendly.
With two-way traffic comes a proposed change in the 3A bus route. Right now, both the 3A and 3B buses drive one way up Main Street and then down Church Street.
“Once two-way traffic is converted,” said Brian Booth, General Manager of GLTC, “the route 3A will travel up and down Main Street to get to Rivermont Avenue, and the 3B will travel up and down Church Street.”
“We’re aware that buses will stop in the driving lane, but that’s part of the program,” said Talian. “They don’t stop for very long.”
GLTC is proposing other bus route changes.
Route 1A makes a figure-eight around the city, counterclockwise. Route 1B follows the same route clockwise. The proposed change should shift the 1B schedule by 30 minutes.
“Right now,” said Booth, “it’s pretty much you have to wait an hour for a bus, but when we make this change, there should be a bus heading through those sections of the city every 30 minutes.”
Finally, a proposed change to Route Five, which goes up to Madison Heights, would remove a stop.
“Cut off a portion of the route that we previously were using to service the Central Virginia Training Center,” said Booth, “but since that is closed, there’s no ridership.”
A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 8:30 a.m. at the Kemper Street Station for people to share their thoughts before the board of directors votes on the proposed bus route changes.
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