Downtown area eyed for central transit hub
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Local transportation planners are looking at a combination of three sites in downtown Glenwood Springs to serve as a proposed future multimodal transit facility.
The proposal would include use of the existing Amtrak train station and some of the street frontage west along Seventh Street to provide connections for both Amtrak and Greyhound buses, according to the plan now under consideration.
The city’s soon-to-be decommissioned wastewater treatment plant/parking lot property on Seventh Street would be used as the main transit hub.
And an existing parking area just west of Glenwood Springs City Hall on Eighth Street could also provide expanded parking for the proposed multimodal facility.
A special working group chose the combined downtown site option from several possible locations around the city, according to planners with LSC Transportation Consultants of Colorado Springs, which is facilitating the project.
The working group included representatives from the city of Glenwood Springs, Amtrak, Greyhound Bus Lines, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) and the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Nine potential sites for such a facility were evaluated through the planning process. The public got a chance to rate the various site options during an open house in February.
The transit facility would be intended to serve local commuters and long-distance travelers alike, by creating a central hub where people can make connections to various modes of transportation more easily.
The project is only in the planning stages, and funding to build the facility has not yet been identified.
The proposed multimodal facility is being planned in conjunction with RFTA’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) implementation. RFTA is working to secure the former Honda car dealership property on South Glen Avenue to serve as the primary Glenwood Springs hub for the BRT system.
But a more central transit hub is envisioned in the city of Glenwood Springs’ 2030 Long Range Transportation Plan, as well as the city’s confluence-area plan.
Other possible locations included three sites scattered along Wulfsohn Road and Midland Avenue west of the Glenwood Meadows development. Another site on the north side of Interstate 70 at Soccer Road and Highway 6 in West Glenwood was also evaluated.
According to project consultants, the preferred site was selected by the working group for several reasons, including:
• Centralized location in downtown Glenwood Springs
• Highest site ranking. The Amtrak station and the old wastewater treatment plant site scored highest, but individually were too small to accommodate all the facility requirements.
• Additional parking provided by the Eighth Street site.
• Mixed land use, allowing a variety of activities to be incorporated.
• Amtrak to Greyhound connections.
“Amtrak and Greyhound use the Amtrak station as a stop for their passengers,” the consultants report notes.
“However, the Amtrak site alone cannot accommodate parking, bus spaces for RFTA and Ride Glenwood Springs, and other facility requirements,” according to the report.
A conceptual site plan will now be developed for the preferred site to accommodate the facility priorities, as determined by the working group and public input during the evaluation process.
“The conceptual site plan will illustrate how the proposed multimodal facility will fit within the site, its relation to adjacent land uses, and vehicular and pedestrian connections to related facilities,”
The conceptual site plan is expected to be completed sometime in May. A second public meeting is planned at the end of June to present the conceptual site plan to the public.
The working group will also continue to provide input and further direction for preparation of the final concept.
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