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Ride Into Tomorrow June 25, 2009

Posted by cbuchanan in Uncategorized.
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This is exactly what I needed to see after a bummer of an afternoon. Something positive and exciting.

The Terminal has posted a video detailing the plan for a new city center bus circulator service from the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham. You should watch it to check out their concept for the new bus service, which is great–but also watch it to see a concrete, 3-D view of a potential future Birmingham. The Railroad Reservation Park, the renovated Lyric Theatre, the new Children’s Hospital, the sunken I-20/59, and even the dome–they’re all there. It’s quite an inviting, amazing vision of what B’ham can be, and the thrilling thing is that all of it is within our grasp–perhaps not immediately, mind you, but all of the cool-sounding projects they mention/show are in motion to some degree.

Now as for the circulator plan, I think it’s a good one. Circulators just like the one they describe, with the electronic cards and signs telling how soon another bus will arrive, are successfully running in other cities. We can definitely implement it here.

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