For Release May 16, 2012
Contact: Timothy Stokes
DTA Multimodal Transportation Center Project Receives Funding
Duluth Transit Authority is a First Transit management location.
CINCINNATI— In a joint announcement made on Monday, May 14, by the City of Duluth and the DTA, it was revealed that the proposed DTA Multimodal Transportation Center has received all of the funding required to complete the $27.5 million project. Now that the project funding is secured, the DTA expects to begin with the demolition of the Wells Fargo parking ramp below Michigan Street later this year. The actual construction of the building will begin in the spring of 2013 with completion of the new transportation center projected by late 2013 or early 2014.
The downtown Multimodal Transportation Center will provide an indoor terminal area for bus passengers, including regional and intercity carriers. The Center will include an eight-bay bus boarding platform, along with an indoor passenger-waiting area, seating and public restrooms. The Center will include a DTA-staffed information desk, similar to what is currently at the Transit Center East (Center) for ticket sales and transit information. The Center will also include a bike storage area, a police substation and public and private parking that will include spaces for van and car pools. The Intermodal Center will also serve as a boarding location for Jefferson Lines and Indian Trails inter-city bus lines, along with Arrowhead Transit and LCS Coaches. Also included in the Center will be Wells Fargo drive through banking services on the second level and other retail spaces.
The project also includes the construction of a new Northwest Passage skywalk to the DECC, which will include a pedestrian/bike walkway, and a new skywalk connection to Superior Street through the current Transit Center East building. The multimodal terminal is a major effort by the DTA and the City of Duluth to resolve long-standing parking, sidewalk congestion, pedestrian and bus passenger safety issues in the downtown area. When completed, the Center will also represent a major advancement towards the goal of establishing easily assessable connections between the downtown area and the Canal Park and Bayfront Park areas.
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