Shuttle to link Historical Building, Capitol
A free shuttle will stop - and pick up - at the Capitol's west entrance starting Monday.
The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority will provide a Link trolley that will run continuously from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday from the parking ramp at East Grand and Pennsylvania avenues and the State Historical Building to the Capitol.
The trolley will take about 10 minutes per loop, and the pickup locations will be marked "Capitol Shuttle Stop."
The shuttle service will run through March 9 as a pilot program. If the trial is a success, the service could be expanded to include other buildings on the Capitol Complex and a route linking the complex to downtown.
The cost of the program is being shared by the Iowa Legislature, the city of Des Moines and DART.
speeder wrote:Where is the need for a shuttle coming from? An East/West Route somewhat makes sense to me... but WFA to Principle Park... is it just me or is that not really very far...?
They (the mini-group I was in) brought up the idea of this shuttle thing in at The Downtown Planing meeting last week; I'm not getting it. Are there other cities like Des Moines that have a shuttle program? Who rides it? Who pays for it?
josh wrote:I'd vote for a segway service!
Nationwide Moves Downtown Plan Forward with Tram Feasibility Study
The City of Des Moines, Downtown Community Alliance, and Polk County announced today that Nationwide will provide funding for a tram feasibility study for Downtown Des Moines. The study will focus on a tram linking DowntownÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Western Gateway to the East Village.
"Nationwide has been excited to be a partner in the development of the Western Gateway over the past eight years with the development of our campus on Locust Street," said Kim Austen, President of Allied Insurance. "Our commitment today to provide funding of a downtown tram keeps the momentum weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re experiencing throughout downtown Des Moines moving forward."
The announcement is a result of the new Downtown Plan, a collaborative effort between the City, County and business community through the Downtown Community Alliance (DCA). World renowned architect Mario Gandelsonas, along with a steering committee comprised of a broad representation of the downtown community held numerous public forums and got broad citizen input in the development of the Downtown Plan that will guide the next 20 years of development downtown.
"Two major areas of focus for the future of downtown are movement and development," explained City of Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie. "Central to the plan is the transformation of Walnut Street, currently a bus transit mall, to a main transportation corridor for vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and a new tram."
The study will determine factors such as cost, type/style of tram, routes, infrastructure needs and timeline. The Downtown Community Alliance and the City of Des Moines are establishing a formal steering committee to oversee the study. The next steps for this process will be a request for proposal.
"We are thrilled to receive this gift from Nationwide," said Mary Lawyer, President and CEO, Downtown Community Alliance. "The idea of a tram will help transform Walnut Street and will be integral to the continued energy and development in downtown Des Moines."
The funding for the feasibility study was provided by the Nationwide Office of Corporate Citizenship.
For more information regarding the Downtown Plan and this first step in the progress, visit http://www.downtowndesmoines.com.
Mastermind wrote:Take that Omaha!
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