Duluth Transit Center Multimodal Facility
Project Type: Transit Facility; Parking Structure
Client: Duluth Transit Authority
(Video Courtesy of Dennis O’Hara)
LHB teamed with Mortenson Construction on this $27 million design/build project for the DTA. This vital civic amenity is now serving pedestrians, bicycles, bus transit, and passenger automobiles in connective hub located in the heart of Downtown Duluth. The project was funded by Federal, State, and Local sources as well as private investments. The project required careful phasing during construction to maintain ongoing pedestrian accessibility between the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) in Canal Park and Downtown Duluth. Multiple stakeholder groups were involved in the planning and coordination of this project including DTA, City of Duluth, DECC, and private partner, INREIT.
The DTA Multimodal Transportation Center has three major components; a bus transit terminal with multilevel parking structure, a renovation of the existing DTA Transit Center East into a pedestrian gateway with integrated retail spaces connecting Duluth’s Skywalk System and the Superior Street Business District, and a series of new and reconstructed pedestrian skywalks including a new Northwest Passage that connects Canal Park and the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) with Downtown Duluth across Interstate 35. The Multimodal Facility amenities include nine bus loading berths with three layover spaces served by local, regional, and intercity carriers, a state of the art indoor passenger waiting terminal with public restrooms and a police substation, secure and open bicycle storage, connecting pedestrian skywalks, a drive through banking center, and a 410 space parking structure with electric vehicle charging stations. Within the facility buses, cars, bicycles, and pedestrians will never have to cross paths, which allows a degree of safety and efficiency that sets the standard for multimodal transportation in the region.