By Scott Turner
The city of Huntsville is focusing on bringing a bus rapid transit system to town in the near future.
City Public Transportation Manager John Autry said the Huntsville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization has contracted with a transit planning firm to complete a high capacity corridor study that is due out by the end of the year.
While a rapid bus system is under discussion, Autry said that the transit staff has not discussed bringing a high-speed rail service to the city, contrary to published reports. That possibility remains far in the future, according to city officials.
While the study is not complete, Autry said the consultant team has identified a rapid transit bus corridor that runs from Huntsville Hospital on Gallatin Road through downtown Huntsville on Church to University Drive west all the way out to near County Line Road.
“A presentation was provided by [City Planner] James Vandiver in a recent MPO meeting that shows transit oriented development along the University Drive corridor with a connection to Providence,” he said.