City of Moscow, U-Idaho Begin Intermodal Transit Center Construction
Wednesday, May 23 2012
MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho and the City of Moscow are joining forces to break ground on a new intermodal transit center. Located on the University of Idaho campus at the intersection of Sweet Ave. and Railroad Ave. in Moscow, the intermodal transit center will serve as a link between transportation service providers across the Palouse.
Since fixed route service began in Moscow in early 2004, ridership has increased by more than 400 percent, with average annual increases of 20 percent. It is estimated that over 70 percent of riders are university students, faculty or staff. Currently, routes are near capacity during peak service periods.
“This new intermodal transit center will be a great asset to the members of our university community and our fellow residents here in Moscow,” said University of Idaho President Duane Nellis. “We are proud to be partners with the city in this project. This is just one more way that we can do more for our students, community and the economy when we work together.”
Representatives from the City of Moscow, the Associated Students of the University of Idaho, university architectural and engineering services, university parking and transportation services, Latah County commissioners, and local and regional transit providers worked together on the technical advisory committee to develop the new facility.
The 6,300 square foot transit facility will feature a foot passenger loading zone, secure parking for buses and bicycles, access for taxis, vanpools and carpools, expanded pedestrian and bicyclist accessibility and a link to Paradise Path. The facility will provide vehicle and bus stalls to link services provided by the city’s public transit provider, Moscow Valley Transit, the University of Idaho’s Vandal Shuttle and regional bus service from Northwestern Trailways.
The $2 million cost of construction (including design) will be funded by a $1.5 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER II) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, other existing Federal Transit Administration grant awards, and city match funding. Planners expect the project to be complete during the winter of 2012-2013.
University of Idaho President Duane Nellis, City of Moscow Mayor Nancy Chaney, University Vice President of Finance and Administration Ron Smith, City Supervisor Gary Riedner, City Community Development Director Bill Belknap, and other dignitaries are scheduled to attend the formal groundbreaking ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on May 23 at the intersection of Sweet Ave. and Railroad Ave. in Moscow.
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