PROJECT: Transit Center Location Study

 

Click on the 2009 Transit Center Location Study Final Report (above) to view the pdf.

 

  • Objective

  • Background

  • Scope of Work

  • Timeline

  • Current Status

 

OBJECTIVE:
Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) study to select a preferred location for a transit center in the Coeur d’Alene metropolitan area.

 

The KMPO Transit Center Location Study is complete and the final report was adopted by the KMPO Board on October 1, 2009. The purpose of the study was to identify a location for an intermodal facility to be used by Citylink and other public transportation providers and serve as a starting point for pedestrians and bicyclists using area trails.

 

BACKGROUND:
Citylink is a partnership between the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, KMPO, the State of Idaho and Kootenai County. Citylink provides free public transportation to Southern Kootenai and Western Benewah counties, including the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Reservation. Citylink is operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe through the transportation department at the Coeur D’Alene Casino Resort Hotel.  

Citylink consists of five routes covering over 200 miles. Six buses with a total yearly capacity of more than 600,000 riders serve the system.

Since 2005, the Riverstone development in Coeur d’Alene has been used as a park & ride and transfer location.  All three of the Citylink Urban Routes serve the Riverstone transfer station and the Link Route connects the Coeur d’Alene Casino transfer station to Riverstone.  Recently, Citylink was notified that the Riverstone property would no longer be available for Citylink use. 

This news started discussions in the transportation community as to the need for a centralized transit center.  In addition to Citylink, other area transportation providers could also utilize a transit center, such as KATS-LINK, Northwestern Trailways, Greyhound, Omnibus, Inc., the Kootenai Medical Center (KMC) Shuttle, the North Idaho College (NIC) Shuttle, White Tail Transportation Service, Benewah Area Transit (BAT), and Spokane Transit Authority (STA) vanpools.  A centrally located maintenance base is also desired to reduce the cost and time delay for road calls. 

The study area for a transit center site encompasses the Coeur d’Alene metropolitan area and considers the following criteria:

  • Site size - ability to accommodate current and future transit service

  • Turning movements on site and on adjacent roadways

  • Circulation on site and on nearby roads, vehicle ingress and egress

  • Bus routing and access to site

  • Impact to surrounding traffic flow including potential signalization changes

  • Capacity for bus storage and layovers

  • Parking capacity and impact to surrounding use

  • Parking demand

  • Pedestrian and bicycle circulation and safety

 

This study was financed through funds provided to KMPO through the Federal Highway Administration’s Planning Funds and from local funding. 

 


 

 

 

Original 2009 Timeline

 

 

 

Current Status:

Kootenai County is currently in negotiations to purchase the property in the Riverstone Development and begin building on the property in the near future. Nearly all of the funding needed has been allocated to completely build the project. We will provides updates on this project as they occur.

 

 

The KMPO Transit Center Location Study is complete and the final report was adopted by the KMPO Board on October 1, 2009. The purpose of the study was to identify a location for an intermodal facility to be used by Citylink and other public transportation providers and serve as a starting point for pedestrians and bicyclists using area trails.

Current Status:
Kootenai County is currently in negotiations to purchase the property in the Riverstone Development and begin building on the property in the near future. Nearly all of the funding needed has been allocated to completely build the project. We will post updates as they occur.

 


 

 

KMPO Transit Center Location Study UPDATE:

 

Kootenai County is currently in negotiations to purchase the property in the Riverstone Development and begin building on the property in the near future. Nearly all of the funding needed has been allocated to completely build the project.

 

Steering Committee for the project (included officials & staff) from the following agencies:

  • KMPO Board
  • Citylink
  • NICE-KATS
  • Panhandle Area Council
  • City of Coeur d’Alene
  • KROC Center
  • Idaho Transportation Department, District 1

 

 

 

 

 

Consultant Teams:

The Land Group, Inc.
Coeur d'Alene, ID

LSC Transportation Consultants, Inc.
Tahoe City, CA