Rockford Church concerned about public transit expansion

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – As the Rockford Transit District prepares to get greener, a nearby church is concerned about the ability of its elderly members to easily access the church.

RMTD received a $16 million grant from the state earlier this year to upgrade its aging infrastructure and install charging stations for electric buses. These charging stations are located in a city parking lot, directly across from Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St.

Although not all of the parking lot is used for buses, the church is concerned that its members will not have enough parking spaces for Sunday services and that its elderly members will have to park further away.

The executive director of RMTD was at Court Street UMC on Sunday to answer questions from the congregation.

“Certainly we want to be good neighbours, and we hear our neighbors what their concerns are and try to alleviate them as best we can while making sure to consider, obviously, the needs that they have here, and parking is a important element. one when they have services here, and I think balancing that with our project plans,” Michael Stubbe said.

RMTD said this expansion project was absolutely necessary for the 35-year-old facility. It was built to house 40 vehicles and currently has a fleet of almost 80.

Melvin Z. Madore