Rock Region METRO Proposes Improvements To Public Transit

Jul 18, 2016

New and old buses deliver passengers at the River Cities Travel Center in downtown Little Rock.
Credit David Monteith / KUAR News

Rock Region METRO plans to share details of proposed route and system changes at a series of public meetings beginning Tuesday night. Becca Green, director of public engagement, said the changes proposed appear minor, however it’s hoped they’ll have a big impact.

“They transfer into things that are very meaningful for our riders,” said Green. “In some cases there’s a more direct path to a shopping destination, that’s a major destination on a path, or in some cases there are less transfers, or better stop placement, things like that.”

The transit system had hoped to make more dramatic improvements, but voters rejected the request for a quarter-cent tax increase earlier this year.

Rock Region METRO’s Board of Directors will approve or reject the proposed changes after a 30-day public comment period, which will begin after the final meeting on July 27. Green said the organization will continue to gather feedback from riders and stakeholders regarding improving public transportation in central Arkansas.

The meetings, which are open to the public, will be held:

Tuesday, July 19, 6-7:30 p.m., Little Rock Southwest Community Center, 6401 Baseline Rd., Little Rock

Wednesday, July 20, 6-7:30 p.m., Laman Library, Room 216, 2801 Orange St., North Little Rock

Monday, July 25, 6-7:30 p.m., Jess Odom Community Center, 1100 Edgewood Dr., Maumelle

Tuesday, July 26, 6-7:30 p.m., Bill Harmon Recreation Center, 51 Shelby Rd., Sherwood

Wednesday, July 27, 6-7:30 p.m., Central Arkansas Library System Main Branch, 100 S. Rock St., Little Rock