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Public Comment Session on Multimodal Design and Project Goals from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 1st

Published: Expires: 4/1/2013

The public is invited to review and comment on preliminary design and project goals for the $28.9 million Multimodal Transportation Center in downtown Duluth. Updated plans and architectural drawings will be available for review.

PUBLIC COMMENT SESSION

Monday, April 1ST

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Downtown Transit Center

214 W. Superior Street

Groundbreaking for the new Center is set for fall of 2013 with the demolition of the Wells Fargo parking ramp and Salter Building.  The completion of the Multimodal Transportation Center and Northwest Passage is projected for November of 2014.

When completed the new Transportation Center will provide an indoor terminal with an interior bus boarding platform for local, regional and intercity carriers, along with climate controlled passenger-waiting areas and public restrooms.  In addition, the Center will include a bike storage area, a police substation, a parking ramp with public hourly and contract parking, with several spaces dedicated to van and car pools as well as charging stations.  A prominent feature of the Multimodal Center will be a new Wells Fargo drive through banking center on the skywalk level.

The Multimodal project received an initial $16 million FTA appropriation in 2010 and an additional $6 million in State funding as part of the 2012 bonding bill from the State Legislature.  The State funding was critical to the project as it allowed for the inclusion of work on skywalk connections and the reconstruction of the Northwest Passage. The state funding was in addition to $6.9 million in local and private investment previously secured for the project. 

In 2012, DTA passenger volume exceeded the 3 million mark for five consecutive years, with 3.25 million riders – the highest total since 1993.  Since 2005, DTA ridership has increased by 20 percent.   The DTA expects this ridership trend to continue with the new Multimodal Transportation Center serving as an incentive for using public transit to access work, shopping and entertainment in downtown Duluth.

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