Transit center funding comes in |

Transit center funding comes in

A transit piece of the Park Avenue Redevelopment puzzle snapped into place on Thursday.

The California Transit Commission unanimously approved $6.6 million for site acquisition, planning and construction of the Intermodal Transit Center.

“This was a significant piece of funding for the funding formula for the Park Avenue project,” city manager Kerry Miller said via cell phone while en route to Tahoe from Sacramento. “This is a big step forward.”

The funds will come from Proposition 116 dollars. The proposition was passed by voters in the late 1980s as a rail transit measure. Tahoe was specifically identified in the proposition to receive $6.6 million but it took some fancy talking by city and redevelopment representatives to convince the commission that the center was an appropriate use.

“The problem was that, while we have a vision for a fixed rail, it would not happen in the short term,” Miller said. “The Intermodal Transit Center is an integral piece in finally being able to do a fixed rail.

“It took several months working with the (commission) staff to convince them of our rationale that (this use) is consistent with their mission. The fact that they approved it unanimously is a testament that they agreed.”

The Intermodal Transit Center is planned as the hub for transportation at South Shore including offices, dispatch and connections for the planned Coordinated Transit System.

That system will coordinate a variety of bus services with an on-request electronic dispatch system. It is considered a focal point of redevelopment to help relieve automobile congestion.

“This (funding) is one more step, marching toward 2000,” said Stan Hansen, who represents Heavenly Ski Resort’s interest in the redevelopment project. He accompanied Miller and redevelopment manager Jaye Von Klug to Sacramento.

After numerous delays, the Park Avenue Project is expected to break ground on May 1, 2000. In addition to the Intermodal Transit Center, plans include a gondola connecting the state line area to Heavenly Ski Resort, a Grand Summit Resort, Lake Tahoe Inn, a ice skating rink, an eight-plex movie theater, shopping and dining amenities in a park-like setting.

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