Friday, August 17, 2012

New plans in place for transit center

Public invited to open house on Aug. 23

Express Staff Writer

Mountain Rides Transportation Authority and the city of Ketchum will provide new information and solicit public opinion regarding a proposed transportation center in the city at an open house scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 23.

The open house will be split into two sessions and will be held at Ketchum City Hall. The first session will be held from 12-1:30 p.m. and the second from 5-6:30 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

"The open-house format allows attendees to participate at their own pace, viewing information, asking questions and providing feedback as they go along," states a Mountain Rides press release.

The event is the second open house to be held by Mountain Rides and the city to provide information and solicit public feedback on the proposed Ketchum Transportation Center. At least two other open houses are planned for later.

"The goal of these meetings is to provide information and gather feedback from the community in advance of any decisions about whether to pursue a transport hub, and if so, what the important considerations for design and location are," the press release states.

At next Thursday's open house a "white paper" prepared by LLC Transportation Consultants will be unveiled to the public. The paper analyzes the functionality and location of transportation centers at various other resort communities, including Breckenridge and Aspen in Colorado and Park City in Utah.

The proposed Ketchum Transportation Center has been in the planning stages for about a year. If built, the center would provide a central location in Ketchum for bus transfers between the various Mountain Rides route systems.

Terry Smith:

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