DUBUQUE, Iowa - Work has started on a massive transformation of Dubuque’s transportation system. On Tuesday, the city broke ground on its $16 million Intermodal Transportation Center.
The center will be a hub for city buses, charter buses, taxi-cabs, cyclists, and people who want to park and ride.
The first phase of the project is a three story parking ramp. People who live and work around here, say that’s long over-due.
Jodi Stricker opened Zazous’s Bridal Boutique in the Millwork District long before many other businesses moved in to the area.
Stricker said, “As we’ve grown and other businesses have opened up. It’s been a challenge. “
Parking outside her store is metered and often at a premium.
“When I come in, I park usually a block or two away just to ensure I am not taking any customers spots,” said Jodi.
It’s the same situation for the tenants who live in the apartments above the bridal store.
Holly Korzeniewski said, “I’m looking forward to being able to find a parking spot right away, especially when I am carrying groceries. Sometimes I have to park a few blocks away so it will be nice having it right across the street. “
City leaders say the 262 stall parking ramp will be ready for drivers by this time next year.
Then it’s on to the next phase; building that transportation hub.
East Central Intergovernmental Association Director, Kelly Duetmeyer said, “People who are biking, walking, hiking will be able to connect with the Jule and ride to their other destinations in Dubuque.”
The facility will also include a terminal that would serve as a train station if Amtrak service becomes available in Dubuque.
“At this point we don’t the platform funded, but the Iowa Department of Transportation has expressed interest in working with us when we get to that stage,” said Duetmeyer.
Another phase of this project includes a bus storage building. City crews will renovate the old city garage and park the buses inside when they’re not en route.
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