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Summit County seeks input on Frisco Transit Center redesign

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.

The six-acre property between Safeway and Whole Foods Market 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 shuttle service companies and a Hertz car rental location.

The county will host two coffee breaks on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the center (1010 Meadow Drive) for center users to learn about the project and provide input.

People are invited to stop by between 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. to talk with the design team, learn about the project and share ideas. Free hot beverages will be provided.

Input received will be used to develop conceptual site plan options for redesigning the property (buildings, site access and circulation, signage, parking and bicycle amenities).

Conceptual design options will then be presented at a community open house in mid-November to gather further input before developing a final master plan by January.

Construction of phase one will likely begin in spring or summer.

County transit director Jim Andrew said the center was built in 1998, and Summit Stage has increased its fleet size and service level since then.

"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," he said.

County Commissioner Thomas Davidson said recent business development around the center also has highlighted an opportunity to better integrate the transit center with the surrounding properties.

The county secured a $593,000 grant from CDOT to begin planning and constructing the center improvements, and the county Transit and Planning Departments are working with consultant team RNL Design to develop a comprehensive master plan to guide redevelopment over the next 20 years.

Some of the key goals for the site redesign are to:

Improve circulation and enhance safety for buses, cars, bicycles and pedestrians

Improve visibility and way-finding signage

Provide a center with local and regional transit information and tourism/visitor information

The planning process began in September and will continue through January. The county and the RNL design team now are working on initial site analysis, evaluation of existing and future facility needs, and community outreach and stakeholder dialogue to collect input to guide the site design process.

For more information on the Frisco Transit Center master plan project, visit http://www.SummitCountyCO.gov/friscotransitcenter.