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Maple Grove Council Endorses Application to MnDOT for Transit Station Expansion Funds

The Maple Grove City Council recently approved endorsing the city’s application to request $2.8 million to construct the second phase of the Parkway Transit Station.

Support to apply for funding for a proposed Phase II of Parkway Transit Station received full approval of the Maple Grove City Council recently.

The funding application resolution, approved Dec. 3 meeting, gives the city the green light to apply to the Minnesota Department of Transportation for Chapter 152 Statewide Transit Grant Solicitation Program Funds. Maple Grove is requesting the funds construction the second phase of the Parkway Transit Station.

“Presently, 75 percent of the Phase I stalls are occupied by commuters due to strong ridership growth on Route 785. As a result, in October 2012, the City Council approved an agreement with LSA design to proceed with the design of Phase II,” according to a December memo provided to the Maple Grove City Council.

The Parkway Transit Station, located across the street from Maple Grove Hospital, was completed in February 2011. It currently has 501-stall park-and-ride lot, indoor passenger station and bus way. The second phase, if it proceeds forward, would include a one-level parking structure to add an additional 298 parking stalls.

The project is estimated to cost $4.73 million, according to the memo to the council.  The city has already secured 40 percent of the funding needed for the project through the Metropolitan Council.

“The remaining balance of $2,851,500 is being sought through the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Chapter 152 Statewide Transit Grant Solicitation Program,” according to the memo to the council.

If funds are approved by MnDOT for the project by February 2013, construction could begin in May 2013.

“A third phase to construct a parking structure on the remaining portion of the parking lot will be examined in a few years as ridership grows and funding becomes available,” according to the memo to the council.

What do you think of a possible Parkway Transit Station expansion? Tell us in comments!

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Ken Bieber December 11, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I use the Parkway Station 3 - 5 days a week and it works out really well. I just hope they have a parking solution during construction so it is not a hassle to find a parking spot. I use that station because it is not as crowded and it is close to home. I am sure it will be nice when it is done and to possibly park under cover would be nice both in the summer and winter. I am not sure they really need to add the parking quite this soon, as the lot is never approaching full. If they have the funding go for it.

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