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Electric bus considered for Second Street Corridor

In 2011, Macon began a planning for the redevelopment and revitalization of the Second Street Corridor as a “multi-modal spine” from East Macon and I-16, through Downtown, past Mercer University, and to I-75. It would connect residential areas, businesses, universities, medical facilities, and government facilities to each other while linking two regionally significant facilities, I-16 and I-75.

As a part of the redevelopment plan for Second Street as a “complete street,” a transit alternative for connecting east and west Macon needed to be identified that could serve as a backbone to a larger regional system. Long-discussed as a fixed light rail system connecting the different areas, another alternative is currently being explored: an electric bus system.

“We are preparing our city for the needs of its residents, businesses, and visitors now and for the next several decades,” says Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert. “People returning to a more urban lifestyle – instead of a suburban lifestyle – are looking for other ways to get around on a regular basis, like walking, biking, and viable public transit."

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