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Gazette and Bulletin: July 11, 1933 – Market Square Becomes Bus Transfer Point

Market Square, yesterday, was approved by city council as the bus terminal and transfer point of the Williamsport Transportation Company. Following receipt of a letter from A.H. Rush, president of the bus company setting forth several reasons why the bus dispatchers, and bus operators, recommend the use of the space in Market Square for parking

Market Square, yesterday, was approved by city council as the bus terminal and transfer point of the Williamsport Transportation Company.

Following receipt of a letter from A.H. Rush, president of the bus company setting forth several reasons why the bus dispatchers, and bus operators, recommend the use of the space in Market Square for parking and transfer purposes, Councilman C. Grant Flexer moved that the change back to the square be authorized by council.

The motion was approved by council without dissent.

Yesterday’s action will mean the abandonment of the arrangements for parking the buses on both sides of West Third Street, between Pine and Court streets, which were made temporarily several weeks ago to afford the bus company and traveling public an opportunity to determine a proper terminal and transfer point.

Council did not indicate this morning whether or not parking privileges for private motorists will be restored on the south side of West Third Street after the removal of the bus zone.
The Williamsport Transportation Company requested yesterday and received parking spaces in Market Square, and on Market Street at the entrance to the square.

The reasons enumerated by the transportation company include: the abundance of space for parking and for the movement of through traffic in the square as compared to the narrower point in front of the court house, improved traffic and pedestrian control by the operation of traffic lights, availability of shelter, ease with which the dispatchers can control the movement of buses on connecting routes, and the evidence of public preference for the Market Square terminal.

Mr. Bush recommended the removal of existing traffic standards and trolley safety zones and the substitution of one suspended traffic light.

Compiled by Lou Hunsinger Jr.

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