JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A project is underway that will change the way people get around in the Capital City. The Mayor officially announced Jackson is one of 20 cities across the nation getting federal grant money to reshape its mass transit system.
The City of Jackson has been awarded a $1 million dollar grant to expand and improve development along a 5-mile bus route that runs from Fondren, thru downtown to Jackson State University -- otherwise known as ONELINE.
Dr. Mukesh Kumar and his team at Jackson’s Department of Planning and Development hope the project will provide new infrastructure that focuses on ‘smart street infrastructure,’ public wi-fi, smart cameras, street lights and digital display panels.
The five mile corridor that travels along State Street is home to some of the largest employers in the city, not to mention the universities which include, Millsaps, Belhaven, UMMC and Jackson State.
According to The Department of Planning and Development, 60,000 people work within a 20-mile radius of this bus route. Another 48,000 live there.The first phase of the project will be completed in August to correspond with the start of the fall college semester.