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PRESS RELEASEPaepcke Transit Hub Conceptual Designs Completed and Open for Public CommentWatch the video and share your thoughts at aspencommunityvoice.comMedia Contact: Mitzi Rapkin, Communications ManagerP: (970) 920-5082 | E: firstname.lastname@example.orgASPEN, CO – August 10, 2020 – The City of Aspen is excited to share new conceptual designs for the Paepcke Transit Hub Improvements Project. Community members are invited to watch a summary video of the designs and share feedback at the project webpage, aspencommunityvoice.com/PaepckeTransitHub. Information is available in English and Spanish. The designs, which are divided into Main Street Improvements and Garmisch Street Improvements, seek to address concerns identified during the fall 2019 public feedback period.From the initial public input, the project team heard concerns regarding safety and user experience. Based on these comments, four input themes were identified: a desire for a covering or shelter at the outbound bus stop with enhanced seating, real time bus signs and better route information; the Main Street pedestrian crossing feels dangerous; Garmisch is disorganized and has conflicting user corridors; and sidewalk connections could be improved.“There are a number of critical issues that impact the safety and user experience at the hub,” said Mike Horvath, project manager for the Paepcke Transit Hub Project. “We’re excited to share the conceptual designs and move toward a final plan for making this a safer and more enjoyable experience for all.”Next steps for this project include the development of final design and construction documents. In this process, the project team will enhance the details and gather more in-depth site information. Once complete, the project team will begin a construction bidding process.The City of Aspen is also pleased to announce that up to $750,000 in external funding has been secured for the construction of this project. The City of Aspen was awarded up to $650,000 in 50/50 split grant funding for construction of this project from the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Options Funds. These grant funds must be utilized for project construction by 2023. City staff has also secured approximately $100,000 through the Small Lodging Program, RFTA and private development.FUNDING & COVID-19The City of Aspen understands the uncertainty around this unprecedented COVID-19 health crisis, especially in reference to what our future will look like. The City of Aspen is very mindful of our budget and is currently proceeding with projects that are essential for health, safety, and that address critical infrastructure. Moving forward with design and planning for the Paepcke Transit Hub Improvement Project helps to ensure the community has ongoing critical infrastructure into the future.By continuing with planning efforts, the City of Aspen exercises fiscal responsibility and maximizes use of available external funding sources. Currently, construction of this project is estimated to cost $1.3 million. The estimated construction cost is based on preliminary designs and could change as design develops and as construction prices fluctuate.Public comment on the conceptual designs will be accepted through August 31, 2020. In addition to participating on Aspen Community Voice, community members can submit comments via email to PaepckeTransitHub@gmail.com or via text to 970-924-0620.ABOUT THE PAEPCKE TRANSIT HUB IMPROVEMENTS PROJECTThe objective of the Paepcke Transit Hub Improvements Project is to improve safety and user experience for pedestrians, bus riders and motorists at the popular transit area surrounding Paepcke Park on Main Street and Garmisch Street.Paepcke Park is the second busiest transit hub in the City, with three popular bus stops, WE-cycle stations, Car-to-Go, and a central location in town. Following public input, the City of Aspen developed conceptual designs for safety and user experience improvements in the project area.###