JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A project is underway that will change the way people get around in the Capital City. Jackson is one of 20 cities getting grant money to reshape its mass transit system.
The City of Jackson was awarded a $1 million dollar grant to expand and improve development along the the 5 mile bus route that runs from Fondren, thru downtown to Jackson State University, otherwise known as ONELINE.
The Federal Transit Administration, an arm of the U.S Department of Transportation responsible for providing financial and technical assistance to local public transportation systems announced the grant awards yesterday.
The $1 million dollars comes from a $16.6 million dollar fund raised by the FTA's Pilot Program for 'Transit Oriented Development Planning."
The project will provide new infrastructure that focuses on ‘smart street infrastructure,’ public wi-fi, smart cameras, street lights and digital display panels as shown here in these renderings.
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.
Because of this, investment into transportation is key, not only to continued growth and development. It is also key to creating a livable city.