City of Spartanburg plans to add public transit to downtown

ByShannon J. Cortes

Mar 14, 2022

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – “There’s just no transportation in this area.”

Tanya Wilson says the lack of reliable public transport in the city of Spartanburg is holding her back.

“I’m planning to get on the bus at some point, it might be late, or… and I can’t get another until who knows – so you missed your appointment,” a- she told FOX Carolina.

She says she believes that with the way the city has transformed, especially during the pandemic, they could benefit from something like a tram, or a shuttle, or really anything to facilitate the experiences of commuters and pedestrians.

“We need something that’s functional for members out of this town and in town, to be able to get from point A to point B and know you’ll get there in time,” said Wilson. “We have to catch.”

That’s why she says she’s delighted to hear that city officials are looking for new ways to do this.

“Over the next 9 months, consultants will be working with residents, with business owners, with other stakeholders, to come up with ideas on what needs to be fixed,” said Mark Livingston of the City of Spartanburg. .

Livingston says Monday night is the first step. With permission from council, the city administrator can enter into negotiations with consulting firms to flesh things out.

“The consultants will look at pedestrian traffic and ‘are there ways to move pedestrians around the city centre?’ “, did he declare.