The RTA Board of Directors has approved a conceptual plan for a mobility hub on five acres across form the Riverside-Downtown Metrolink Station. The Vine Street Mobility Hub Conceptual Plan, done by the San Diego-based engineering firm Psomas, is essentially an early phase of the design process with broad outlines and concept sketches for the project. The plan calls for up to 18 bus bays and a design that incorporates the latest technology in preparation for RTA’s zero-emission bus deployment. The hub will also include seating, shelters, security features, a driver’s lounge, drought tolerant landscaping and integration with the City of Riverside’s bike lanes. The location is expected to be ideal due to its proximity to Metrolink trains, major employment centers, county and city government buildings, entertainment venues, the Convention Center, as well as UC Riverside and Riverside City College. The plan followed two community workshops and an online survey that sought public input on the project. With this conceptual plan approved, RTA will move into the project’s architectural and engineering phase.