Last Fall the City, Kent State University and PARTA applied for federal transportation dollars to conduct a study to evaluate the best location for a Multi-Modal facility in Kent. The idea behind the Multi-Modal concept is to integrate parking, public transit (buses), biking and pedestrian activity into one facility that would serve downtown Kent and the campus. The federal grant was received ($435,000) and the study has officially begun.
The point of the study is to see how we can respond to the parking and transportation needs that effect downtown business and students trying to get on campus. Cities all over the country are using the federal grants to upgrade their transportation and parking structures in a way that makes bus ridership, biking and walking work better together, while at the same time also leverages the new facility to stimulate economic revitalization. I guess that would make it a win, win, win.
At this point, a consultant has been hired (TranSystems out of Cleveland), and the consultant has laid out a general outline for the scope of work. While the dates and each step in the scope is not final yet, I thought it was worth sharing the outline of planned work activities:
As we make progress in each phase I’ll be sure to keep you posted.
Here’s an outline of the study area and plannged traffic count locations:
And lastly, here’s a link to a good example of another university city that is using multimodal dollars to help revitalize it’s downtown: