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Two Open Forums Scheduled for UW Parking and Transportation Master Plan


February 14, 2008 — The University of Wyoming's quest to gather public input for a Transportation and Parking Master Plan continues Thursday, Feb. 21, with two open forum meetings.


The first forum, designed for UW faculty, staff and students, begins at 4 p.m. in Room 133 of the Classroom Building. The second forum, for Laramie area residents, is set for 7 p.m. at the Laramie High School cafeteria.


"We are looking forward to the opportunity to discuss future transportation, parking and mobility solutions with both UW community members and the City of Laramie," says Mark Collins, UW's associate vice president for administration. "Our consultant for this project, Stantec Consulting, has done an excellent job of collecting data, surveying user groups and examining best practices in the transportation field. I hope everyone takes the opportunity to join us for this important dialogue."


Stantec, which was hired in October to head the project -- a joint effort of the university, the City of Laramie and the Wyoming Department of Transportation -- has gathered "critical" input at two previous forum meetings, says Chuck Huffine, project manager for Stantec.


Stantec plans to present its final recommendations to the public at the fourth forum in March.


The primary purpose of the master plan study is to analyze various elements related to mobility, transit and parking demands on and around the UW campus and to provide recommendations for future improvement.


Stantec has studied primary routes near the UW campus, including Grand Avenue and 15th Street, as well as secondary routes, such as Ivinson Street and Lewis Street, to determine sets of existing and projected mobility, safety and parking needs and issues.


In addition to developing a 10-year plan, which could include parking program changes, parking capital projects, a revised transportation management system or mobility and safety capital projects, Stantec will prepare a short-term plan to help mitigate transportation disruptions around campus.


Stantec will rely on several sets of data, including 24-hour machine traffic counts, pedestrian and bicycle counts, parking occupancy and turnover rates, accident statistics and transit routes, schedules and ridership numbers, to help develop its long- and short-term plans.


Founded in 1954, Stantec provides professional design and consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, surveying, economics and project management. For more information, go to the Web site www.stantec.com.

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