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Public meeting set for Duluth transit center plans

The Duluth Transit Authority has set a public meeting for May 31 on the proposed Multimodal Transportation Center in downtown Duluth. The meeting is 2:30-5 p.m. at the Downtown Transit Center, 214 W. Superior St. The DTA will make short formal pr...

The Duluth Transit Authority has set a public meeting for May 31 on the proposed Multimodal Transportation Center in downtown Duluth.

The meeting is

2:30-5 p.m. at the Downtown Transit Center, 214 W. Superior St. The DTA will make short formal presentations on the project at 2:30 and 4:30 and preliminary plans and architectural drawings will be available for review.

City and DTA officials were successful in securing $6 million from the 2012 Minnesota Legislature on top of a $16 million grant from the federal government secured in 2010 by former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar. The entire project is expected to cost about $27.5 million.

The center is hoped to be the downtown focal point and pickup for the DTA as well as a center for people traveling by taxi, train and inter-city buses. But it also is expected to help improve walking and bike access between downtown and the waterfront. The DTA expects to begin with the demolition of the Wells Fargo parking ramp below Michigan Street later this year. Actual building construction would begin in spring 2013 with completion of the new transportation center projected by late 2013 or early 2014.

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The project will include the construction of a new Northwest Passage skywalk to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center that will be designed with a pedestrian/bike walkway and a new skywalk connection to Superior Street through the current Transit Center East building.

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