On September 13, 2013, the NOACA Board of Directors approved the following regarding this project: Resolution No. 2013-029 Project Planning Review and Resolution No. 2013-030 Plan and TIP Amendment. The project Planning Review (PPR) and Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC) processes for this project are now complete.
Title: Laketran Amendment to Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2013 Grant Program
Name: LAK LAKETRAN FFY 2013 GRANT AMENDMENT
Estimated Total Cost: $323,219
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
History/Background: On September 24, 2012, the Board of Trustees of Laketran adopted Resolution Number 2012-011 authorizing the filing of applications with the Federal Transit Administration for Federal Transportation assistance authorized by 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53; Title 23 United States Code; and other Federal statutes administered by Federal Transit Administration. Prior to Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), the 5339 Bus & Bus Facilities Program was a discretionary program implemented through Earmarks. MAP-21 made these funds a formula program. These funds now are awarded to the Urbanized Area and must be split within the region.
Current Conditions: Laketran currently has a bus stop located on the west side of St. Clair Street by the County Administration Building in downtown Painesville. According to the sponsor, the current bus stop has the buses stopping within the roadway, which blocks the view for pedestrians to cross the street safely. Other vehicles will park in the lane, thereby making the buses have the potential of blocking a driveway at certain times of the day. The sponsor reports that this is a major transfer point for three of Laketran’s in-county routes, with one of those routes having the highest ridership per year. The sponsor further reports that the current bus stop shelter is not Americans with Disabilities (ADA) accessible since there is a step into the shelter.
Proposed Project: The proposed project involves relocating the bus stop from the west side of St. Clair Street to the east side of St. Clair Street to enable Laketran to have an off-street bus lane for passenger transfers, drop-off and pick-up. According to the sponsor, this will allow for Laketran buses to be out of the right-of-way, with better passenger amenities, including multiple benches and ADA accessibility. There will be a larger waiting area for customers waiting to transfer to other routes. The bus lane will be able to accommodate three buses and a relief vehicle out of the lane of traffic. The crosswalk will no longer be blocked with vehicles. The sponsor reports that the project will include upgrading the pedestrian crosswalk with additional signage and possibly flashing lights for added safety.
The estimated cost of the project, provided by the sponsor, is $323,219. According to the sponsor, $258,575 will be funded with Section 5339 (Bus and Bus Facilities Program) funds. The remaining $64,644 will be provided by Laketran.
Staff Comment (Summary):
Short Range Planning: Project Development and Member Services Team
- This project is consistent with NOACA’s Connections+ 2035 Goals #3 (Preserve and Improve the Efficiency of the Transportation System), #4 (More Balanced System Enhancing Modal Choice) and #5 (Improve Mobility of the Transit Dependent and Low Income Individuals).
- Recommend committee and public review in order to obtain comments.
Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):
If you are a representative of a governmental entity and would like to comment on this project, please email us.
NOACA encourages comments from the public on this proposed transportation improvement project. We would appreciate it if you include your city of residence, although it is not required. The public review period lasts until the Governing Board makes a decision about them.
Regional Transportation Investment Subcommittee (RTIS) / Transportation Subcommittee:
- No comments; recommended for amendment to NOACA’s Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
- The Transit Council is supportive of projects that preserve or improve access to public transit in the region. This project allows LAKETRAN to provide a safe and efficient environment to better serve its riders.