Construction could begin this summer on a grant-funded downtown Atascadero transit center on the east side of City Hall along Capistrano Avenue.
New design details for the public transportation hub, largely detailed in 2009, will be considered at the City Council’s Tuesday meeting.
The design goal is to create a functional center that doesn’t require a lot of space in the estimated $825,000 project, according to the city.
That means it wouldn’t be a station, but rather an outdoor project with red-tile roof sidewalk shelters, a small tree-lined plaza with benches and bus loading stalls on the street. Restrooms aren’t included.
The design promotes energy efficiency such as solar lighting, the plan states. The Capistrano location was selected because of its proximity to the downtown, including the Colony Square project. A Park-N-Ride is also proposed across the street.
Stamped concrete crosswalks at Lewis and Capistrano avenues would be added to help pedestrian flow.
The existing transit stop on Capistrano Avenue would continue to operate until the project is complete, officials said.
The new design doesn’t take parking spots from Colony Square, but on-street parking in front of City Hall on Capistrano Avenue would be eliminated.
The design, completed by Wallace Group Inc. in San Luis Obispo, includes space for three bus stalls, decorative retaining walls and a pathway from the transit center into the City Hall parking lot.
Funding is expected to come from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by California voters in 2008. Redevelopment Agency money could also be used.
Based on council and public feedback at Tuesday’s meeting, city staff will work to finalize the construction drawings, and secure permits and funding before seeking bids for the project, according to the city.
Further funding approvals would follow.