BENNINGTON — Before a new bus service linking the region to rail service in New York’s Capital Region can start, local officials must choose sites where riders will be picked-up and dropped off.
The state-supported bus-to-rail service, which will link the Bennington-Manchester area to the Amtrak rail station in Rensselaer, N.Y., is set to begin in the summer or fall.
In Manchester, the two stops have been selected, according to Mark Anders, regional planner and transportation program manager with the Bennington County Regional Commission . But the stop for Bennington has not been selected.
“There isn’t a very obvious place,” Anders said during the town’s Planning Commission meeting on Monday. “Each one has pros and cons.”
In the Northshire, the route will include a stop in Manchester Village, either at the Equinox Hotel or old Courthouse, and then a second stop at the old Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce building.
BCRC representatives came to Planning Commission members to seek input about where to site the stop. The Agency of Transportation is on track to issue a request for proposals for prospective service providers next month, according to Anders, who said he hoped a site would be selected by then.
Members mulled several proposed locations that would be a stop on the route, including the Bennington Welcome Center, the Bennington Station on Depot Street and the Green Mountain Community Network (GMCN) stop on Main Street. No action was ultimately taken. The idea will be brought up again at the next meeting.
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