Doug Schorpp | Quad-City Business Journal

Beginning Monday, MetroLINK passengers will have new place to transfer to other buses in downtown Rock Island.

The new district station for the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District — more commonly known as Metro — is located at 20th Street and 2nd Avenue. It replaces the transfer site at 16th Street and 3rd Avenue.

The new station offers almost 2,000 square feet of enclosed passenger waiting area, a passenger information kiosk and a 52-inch monitor displaying bus arrival information.

The station lobby has a glass enclosure, which allows passengers an open line of sight for observing incoming buses. Ten individual bus bays with canopies are designed for easy pull-in and pull-out, and each is equipped with real-time signage featuring a route number, next destination and departure time.

More than 2,000 transit riders are expected to transfer daily at the station, which is part of a larger transit-oriented development block.

“This is replacing our onsite station,” said Jennifer Garrity, manager of administration for Metro. “There are two shelters where people have to cross the street to make transfers. So, there will be no more crossing the streets.”

She said the facility received a $2.1 million federal transit administration bus and bus facilities livability grant for the station.

The Rock Island Economic Growth Corp., or GROWTH, Metro and the city of Rock Island are partnering to create a transit-oriented, residential complex downtown. The development also involves Live-Work housing, bikeway and infrastructure improvements.

Rock Island was designated as a Live-Work community in 2003, said Brian Hollenback, president of Renaissance Rock Island, the umbrella agency over GROWTH. He said Rock Island continues to redevelop its downtown with a mixture of housing, office and retail amenities integrated with public transportation. {….}