Gary Public Transportation Corp. Receives Broadway Grant
The Gary Public Transportation Corporation (GPTC) has announced the awarding of a grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), to be used to study transit and mobility on the full length of Broadway in Lake County, Indiana.
The GPTC project, dubbed “A Livable Broadway”, is a planning study that will review growth scenarios presented by communities on Broadway – Gary, Merrillville and Crown Point. Based on these plans, GPTC will present the best type of transit, pedestrian and accessibility strategies to address commuting and livability needs.
According to GPTC’s General Manager, Daryl Lampkins, GPTC’s Broadway routes experience congestion already, saying “the addition of new development is welcome, but could lead to more transit trips that would go beyond our current capacity on Broadway. This study could come up with options to alleviate that.” The resulting recommendations could include implementing new forms of transit and infrastructure improvements on Broadway to fit the needs of current and potential riders.
The $50,000 is from the DNR’s Lake Michigan Coastal Program, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It will be used to match $200,000 in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds already awarded to GPTC. GPTC will use the $250,000 package to hire consultants to work with communities and stakeholder groups to create a “Broadway vision”. A consultant will be selected in the late fall or early winter, according to GPTC staff.