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at peak load points, where trains are simply too crowded to grow bike capacity at peakhours – when most want to travel. Although buses and trains accommodate bicycles,passenger capacity limits the number of bicycles that can be transported onboard. Asshown by European and Asian transportation systems, secure bike parking optionsmaximize the investment in both modes.Bike & Ride access cards can be used at TriMet's other existing and planned Bike & Ridefacilities, including the Sunset Transit Center, Beaverton Transit Center (opening early2011), and Gresham Central Transit Center (opening early 2011). This inter-operablesystem also creates opportunities for users to store a bike at their destination station inorder to travel between station and ultimate destination. This 'station bike' options transitusers an affordable, efficient, and healthy transportation solution to their 'last mile' problem.Currently, 15% of TriMet bike locker renters store a “station bike” – a bike left overnight atthe station and used to ride from transit to work or school. Since passenger loads limitcapacity for transporting bikes on transit, last mile gaps can be bridged by encouragingmore passengers to use a station bike.
3. Identify and quantify project benefits and costs:
The Gateway TC Bike & Ride will leverage existing investments in both the transit and bicyclenetwork. An accessible and visible Bike & Ride provides an attractive parking alternative tobringing bikes on-board, alleviate concerns regarding theft, and increases potential ridership radiusby two miles, or a 10 minute bicycle ride. Gateway is one of the busiest transit centers in the regionwith 7,790 passenger boardings each day (bus + MAX combined).Total project cost: $450,000Potential reduction in VMT each year: 251,000 milesPotential total annual savings from reduced VMT: $339,000See attached Project Benefit Calculations.0
4. Provide a timeline for project construction/implementation; can be in phases:
Advertise and award design build contract: Spring 2011Final design and permitting: Summer 2011Construction: Fall 2011Contract close-out: end of 2011
5. Identify the amount, source of, and availability of the minimum required 10.27% match:
The Portland Bureau of Transportation has the minimum required 10.27% local match, in theamount of $46,250, available for the right-of-way phase of this project. The funding source is theincrease in gas tax and vehicle registration fee revenue generated under House Bill 2001 (passedby the Oregon Legislature in 2009) that will be allocated to the City of Portland.
6. Describe the local support for the project and efforts to enhance that support:
This project application includes letters of support from TriMet and the Bicycle TransportationAlliance (BTA).
7. Identify the Transportation System Plan (TSP) or other planning document
in which the project is included:
Building secure bicycle-transit parking facilities is a goal identified in the Regional TransporationPlan (RTP), the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030, and the TriMet Transit Investment Plan (TIP). TheGateway Transit Center has been identified as a future regional bike transit facility for both the RTPand the TIP.