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Northside Transfer Zone Study

 

October 2016

GPMTD issued Request for Proposals (RFP) to conduct an Environmental Study on the preferred site.  The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is required for agencies to assess the environmental effects of proposed actions prior to making decisions.  The NEPA environmental review process must be completed before land can be purchased for the selected location of the Northside Transfer Zone.  Proposals have been received and evaluated by GPMTD.  

 

June 11, 2015

Transystems presented the final results of the Northside Transfer Zone study. They presented information on the preferred site selected which is a former CEFCU facility located at 4310 N. Brandywine Drive. The 1.2 acre site could accomodate a passenger facility as well as 8 bus bays. The conceptual cost estimate is $2,054,130, which does not include property acquisition and environmental assessment. The estimated total is cost is approximately $4 million. The final report also presented information on possible funding sources include federal, state and local funding options. The next steps will be for staff to pursue funding options. Individuals with questions about the project may contact CityLink Planning Administrator at jalexander(at)ridecitylink.org.

Northside Transfer Zone Feasability Study Final Presentation

 

June 10, 2015

The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District (CityLink) will be hosting a Public Open House on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Life Together Center, First Federated Church, 3625 N. Sheridan Road (corner of Sheridan and War Memorial Drive).  CityLink staff and consultants from TranSystems will present information on the conclusions of the year-long study.

The North Side Transfer Zone is a proposed designated area that will accommodate transit passenger transfers between approximately seven bus routes serving the north side of the City of Peoria. The Zone will be environmentally sustainable, implementing energy efficient building materials. The purpose of the study has been to determine site location and services for the proposed Transfer Zone.
 
The Public Open House will be an interactive meeting to allow residents and other interested stakeholders an opportunity to hear about the proposed Transfer Zone and the site that has been selected as the preferred location. Those interested are invited to attend any time between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. There will be a brief presentation at 4:30 p.m. 
 
The project is still in the proposal stage, as the next step would be to seek funding for the project.

 

July 30, 2014

As part of a process to determine the feasibility of a transfer zone in Peoria’s north side, CityLink hosted a public open house on Tuesday, July 29 to outline potential locations for a facility.

TranSystems, the consultant hired by CityLink to conduct the study, presented six possible sites.  The six potential sites were selected after analysis of 15 locations.  The locations were evaluated on several criteria including:  size of parcel, access conditions, environmental concerns, transit system connectivity, available destinations, anticipated land and development costs, and availability.  The six preferred sites presented during the open house were:
 
  • 3425 N. University
  • 3905 N. University
  • 2601 W Forrest Hill Avenue
  • 4749 N. Sterling Avenue
  • 1720 War Memorial
  • 2010 W. Forrest Hill Avenue
 
During the next phase of the process, the consultants will:
 
  • Contact property owners to confirm availability
  • Identify a preferred site
  • Meet with City of Peoria staff and elected representatives
  • Meet with neighborhood representatives
  • Prepare a conceptual design that identifies building footprint and preliminary space layout, bus area with amenities, and landscape buffer
  • Identify bus operational changes if needed
  • Prepare capital and operating costs
  • Hold a 3rd open house
 
 

July 29, 2014

The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District (CityLink) will be hosting the second Public Open House on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Life Together Center, First Federated Church, 3625 N. Sheridan Road (corner of Sheridan and War Memorial Drive), Peoria, IL.

The North Side Transfer Zone is a proposed designated area that will accommodate transit passenger transfers between approximately seven bus routes serving the north side of the City of Peoria. The Zone will be environmentally sustainable, implementing energy efficient building materials. The purpose of the study is to
determine site location and services for the proposed Transfer Zone.
 
The Public Open House will be an interactive meeting to allow residents and other interested stakeholders an
opportunity to hear about proposed locations for the Transfer Zone, including potential facilities and services,
and share their opinions. Those interested are invited to attend any time between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
There will be a brief presentation at 4:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.
 


April 16, 2014

TranSystems, the consultant hired by the GPMTD to conduct the study for the Northside Transfer Zone, held two meetings in Peoria.  The morning meeting was with key stakeholders -- city government representatives, elected officials, transportation commission staff, and representatives from retail, education, and business. In the afternoon, TranSystems hosted two Open House opportunities for the public.

At both events, TranSystems gave a presentation outlining the project, the reasons behind it, and what the next steps were in the process.  Below is a link to the presentation shared with both groups.

Northside Transfer Zone Presentation (PDF) 

Please return to this page for updates.

 

April 2014

 
The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District (CityLink) will be hosting a Public Open House on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Life Together Center, First Federated Church, 3625 N. Sheridan Road (corner of Sheridan and War Memorial Drive), Peoria, IL. 
 
The North Side Transfer Zone is a proposed designated area that will accommodate transit passenger transfers between approximately seven bus routes serving the north side of the City of Peoria. The Zone will be environmentally sustainable, implementing energy efficient building materials. The purpose of the study is to determine site location and services for the proposed Transfer Zone.
 
The Public Open House will be an interactive meeting to allow residents and other interested stakeholders an opportunity to hear about the proposed Transfer Zone and potential facilities and services, and share their opinions. Those interested are invited to attend any time between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. There will be a brief presentation at 4:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.
 
In keeping with this project’s commitment to public engagement, interested stakeholders are invited to visit the CityLink website at www.ridecitylink.org. 
 
 
 
February 2014
On February 3, 2014, the GPMTD Board approved a resolution to enter into a contract with TranSystems Corporation to provide Engineering Services for a North Side Transit Center Feasibility Study.  The study will cost $124,800.00 with funding provided through an Illinois Department of Transportation grant.
 
 
December 2013
 
The Illinois Department of Transportation gave approval for CityLink to move forward with hiring a consultant to conduct a study on whether or not it is feasible to establish a transit center in the northwest part of Peoria.
 
TranSystems, a national transportation infrastructure consulting firm, was selected in the spring to conduct the study.  However, since the $125,000 cost of the study is being funded 100% by an IDOT grant, the agency had to provide concurrence.
 
“CityLink is pleased to receive the notification of concurrence by IDOT,” said Tom Lucek, CityLink general manager.  “We will now enter into a contract with the consultant and we expect to have results from the study by the middle of next year.”
 
The feasibility study will determine whether a transit center is even feasible in northwest Peoria. Presently, the only location for CityLink passengers to transfer between buses is the downtown Transit Center.  In the past, CityLink staged buses at Northwoods Mall, however that service was discontinued.  To better ensure the safety of passengers, the study will help to identify whether CityLink needs to build a passenger loading area or a second transit center. This decision will be based on a number of factors including demographics, development/land use trends, trip generators, environmental concerns, traffic data, and travel patterns.
 
 

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