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SRF/LSA Design served as the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) owner’s representative to advance the multimodal transportation center. We provided guidance and recommendations to DTA in selecting the scope of the project, delivery method and steps for analyzing site options, and recommending the type of public-private partnership to pursue. The scope of work included predesign of the facility, cost estimating, and coordination with all stakeholders.  In addition, SRF prepared the documented Categorical Exclusion to receive environmental approvals. We defined the professional scope of work, issued the RFP, and made recommendations for all subconsultant work. In addition, SRF drafted a TIGER federal funding application for the DTA, along with supporting documentation for a livability grant and state of good repair. A total of $16 million in federal funds was awarded to the project.

After examining three potential sites for the downtown transportation center, we worked to educate the public and build support for the project.  The new center accommodated eight bus bays and motor coaches for both passenger transfers and layover needs. It also provides connectivity with the downtown, Canal Park, and existing bus routes as well as multimodal opportunities – transit, inner city, taxi, bikes, pedestrian, and parking. Overall, our services included:

  • Programming
  • Market analysis management
  • Land use planning
  • Grant management assistance
  • Concept and final design
  • Architecture
  • Transit planning
  • Development manager
  • Joint development solicitation
  • Owner’s representative
  • Historic district design
  • Environmental approvals
Duluth Transit Authority
Duluth, Minnesota
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