Sunday, July 27, 2008

Revised Amtrak Plan still inadequate

The recently announced design for parking to the west side of the Amtrak Station tends to maximize the space at hand, but the treatment in front of and to the east of the station is disappointing, only accommodating 28 vehicles, far less than currently exists.

Unlike the existing condition, there is no parallel or perpendicular parking off the wide drives and emphasis is put on creating loading zones for multiple buses. Yet who has seen more than one bus at the station at a time?

Is there really a need for super-wide drives and a separate canopy and a dedicated bus loading area?

NewsLanc recommends that bus service be de-emphasized and yet another 35 parking spaces be added. Commuters could use over a hundred.