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Express Transit Plans for the Corridor

April 9:

I-Renew’s 2018 Plan
  1. Work with East Central Council of Governments (ECICOG) and Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) to help make Express Transit successful
  2. Promote the Federal low or zero emissions mass transit vehicles program in the I-380 Corridor, asking residents to encourage their City officials to apply for this grant
  3. Work with IBEW, ISETA and I-380 communities to find funding for renewable energy infrastructure to power e-busses

March 14:

Meeting with East Central Iowa Council of Governments and the Iowa Department of Transportation
  • The studies I-Renew wanted to do have already been completed: ~2,000 commuters from C.R. to Iowa City and ~1,000 commuters from Iowa City to C.R. daily. The trip needs to take less than 50 min to be attractive to commuters

Planned stops:

  • Lot 44 in Downtown Cedar Rapids (or possibly the Ground Transportation Center depending on what access agreements the city of Cedar Rapids prefers)Kirkwood Cedar Rapids Campus parking lot
  • Coralville Iowa River landing intermodal facility
  • University Hospital (likely on Evacheski Drive or wherever agreed to by UIHC)
  • Court Street Intermodal Facility in Iowa City.

March 6, 2018:

Thanks to valuable feedback from Cedar Rapids officials, the framework for the I-380 Eco Bus is evolving.  In fact, during our meeting last week, I learned about a temporary mass transit solution that the Iowa DOT is pursuing during work on the I-80 – I-380 interchange. Therefore I-Renew revised our proposal to Corridor communities as follows:

The Iowa Renewable Energy Association would like to partner with I-380 Corridor Communities and workplaces in solving the growing I-380 congestion problem. We were excited to learn about plans underway to set up a temporary mass transit solutions during the I-80 to I-380 interchange project.

We have a proposal for a long-term, permanent mass transit solution, the I-380 Eco Bus System. In fact, we have plans to gather important information from the public about this solution that could produce long-term taxpayer savings. Furthermore, this solution could convert a growing problem into an economic engine for the area.

Proposal:

Help us do the following:

  1. Spread the word along the corridor about the temporary and permanent mass transit solutions
  2. Gather commuter information via surveys like this.
  3. Demonstrate potential buses at events so commuters can start to visualize a commuter experience

Read the revised I-380 Eco Bus post.