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Summit County seeks public input on plans to redesign the Frisco Transit Center
Contact:Kate Berg, Senior Planner970-668-4204, Kate.Berg@SummitCountyCO.govJim Andrew, Transit Director970-668-4161, Jim.Andrew@SummitCountyCO.gov
SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County government is seeking input from local transit riders and other interested community members on development of a master plan to redesign the Frisco Transit Center. This 6-acre property, located between Safeway and Whole Foods, is a major hub for transportation services, including the County’s Summit Stage public transit system, regional bus services provided by Greyhound and CDOT's Bustang, four airport/resort shuttle services and a Hertz car rental location. Summit County is hosting two coffee breaks on Tuesday, October 20 for transit center users to learn about the project and provide input.
“The existing facility was built in 1998 and since that time, Summit Stage has significantly increased its fleet size and service level, and the number of other operators using the facility has also increased substantially”, said Summit County Transit Director, Jim Andrew. “With the recent addition of CDOT Bustang and continued growth in transit, shuttle and car rental operations, there is an immediate need to improve the overall circulation and to expand and improve the existing facilities to better accommodate the needs of the existing users.”
County Commissioner Thomas Davidson added that “changes to the surrounding area, such as development of Whole Foods Basecamp to the west, have also highlighted an opportunity to better connect and integrate the transit center with the surrounding properties.”
The County has secured $593,000 in grant funding from CDOT to begin planning and constructing the necessary improvements to the Frisco Transit Center. As a first step, the Summit County Transit and Planning Departments are working with RNL, a consultant design team, to develop a comprehensive master plan that will guide redevelopment of the Transit Center over the next 20 years. The planning process recently began in September and will continue through January 2016. Construction of phase one will likely begin in spring or summer of 2016.
The master plan will identify existing and future transit center needs and uses, and will lay out a plan to redevelop the site in phases over the coming years to best meet these needs. Some of the key goals for the site redesign are to:
• Improve circulation and enhance safety for all modes of travel: buses, cars, bicycles and pedestrians.• Improve visibility and wayfinding signage.• Provide a helpful information center with local and regional transit information, and other tourism/visitor information for those arriving in Summit County.
“The overall goal is to develop a state of the art multi-modal transportation center, positioned to serve the needs of County residents and visitors for the next 20 years”, said Thad Noll, Assistant County Manager.
Summit County and the RNL design team are currently working on the initial site analysis, evaluation of existing and future facility needs, and community outreach and stakeholder dialogue to collect input that will help guide the site design process.
Two coffee breaks will take place on Tuesday, October 20 from 7-9am and 4-6pm at the Frisco Transit Center (1010 Meadow Drive, Frisco). This will be an opportunity for interested members of the public to stop by the Transit Center during one of these times to talk with the design team, learn about the project and share their ideas. Complimentary hot beverages will be provided.
Input received at the coffee breaks will be used to develop conceptual site plan options for redesigning the Transit Center property (including buildings, site access and circulation, wayfinding signage, parking and bicycle amenities). The conceptual design options will then be presented to the public at a community open house in mid-November to gather additional input before developing a final master plan by January 2016.
At this time, the County anticipates that construction at the Frisco Transit Center will take place in phases, beginning in spring or summer of 2016, according to the direction provided in the master plan’s phasing and financing recommendations.
For more information on the Frisco Transit Center Master Plan project visit www.SummitCountyCO.gov/friscotransitcenter.