Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Revised transit center study gets OK

Ketchum council approves portion of contract with transit consultants

Express Staff Writer

More information on the proposed transit center in Ketchum will be forthcoming, following the City Council's approval Monday of funds for additional study on the idea.

The city of Ketchum will contribute $4,825 for a revised contract with Tahoe City, Calif.,-based LSC Transportation Consultants.

The Mountain Rides board of directors last week approved its half of the contract. The entities are partnering on the project, which supporters say would increase ridership, enhance safety and facilitate transfers.

The city slowed the process recently in reaction to public sentiment that the project was moving too fast with too little information. Officials will gather and compile more data to determine whether the hub is needed, where it should go, and whether this is the right time to pursue it.

Initially, the city and Mountain Rides selected East Avenue between Sun Valley Road and Second Street as the preferred location for the plaza. Business owners on that section of street expressed concern about loss of parking and potential disruption to their businesses. Other members of the public said that site may not promote pedestrian circulation to other parts of downtown.

Council member Nina Jonas said she supports the latest expenditure because the study will evaluate which sites are best for Ketchum, not just what is best for Mountain Rides.

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