GPTC receives grants to improve transit with Broadway development
By Matt Mikus email@example.com August 15, 2013 11:42PM
A Gary Public Transit Corp. bus bound for Broadway waits for passengers Aug. 14 at the Adam Benjamin Metro Center. | Post-Tribune photo
Updated: September 17, 2013 8:19AM
GARY — The Gary Public Transportation Corporation was awarded a $50,000 grant to help communities improve public transit systems as they develop along Broadway.
The money will be used to provide consultation to Crown Point, Gary and Merrillville as development along Broadway continues.
It’s part of a new project called “A Livable Broadway,” examining elements of walkability, ridership and projected growth along the Broadway corridor.
Already the Broadway corridor between Interstate 90 south to US 231 consists of over a third of the ridership for GPTC, and as development continues, General Manager Daryl Lampkins believes demand for public transit will increase
“The addition of new development is welcome,” said Lampkins, “but could lead to more transit trips that would go beyond our current capacity on Broadway. This study could come up with options to alleviate that.”
The study will also focus on development happening with a half mile east and west of Broadway.
The new grant, funded through Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources, will allow the transit company to also access $200,000 in grant dollars from the Federal Transit Administration, bringing the total to $250,000.
“It’s not telling the communities what to do,” said GPTC Marketing Manager David Wright. “We would listen to what the communities are planning, and make recommendations on how to develop to provide more transit and walking and biking options.”
Everything from green infrastructure, transit mode links, to disability access will be considered through the consultation.
Wright said a consultant will likely be hired late in 2013.