Parkland Transit Center to Receive a Facelift

This morning, Greg Premo and I met with a Pierce Transit project team about improvements to its Parkland Transit Center. Grant funds enable Pierce Transit to enhance its Parkland Transit Center immediately. Officials estimate the two month construction project will begin as early as March 2013 and be completed no later than late May. Permits are pending and PT is optimistic permits will be issued in Feb.

Benefits:
Transit center will have 2 new shelters and improved lighting, sidewalks, parking lot, and security friendly landscape, and CCTV.   A new looking transit station will occur just in time to usher in the new MRLH and Garfield Station constituents.

Impact to East Campus and Riders:
4 bus stops will be moved across the street from the transit center onto 121st Street (Routes 45, 55, 204, 410). Bus stop poles/garbage cans, signage, and bus zones markings will be installed (temp) on south east stretch of 121st street between Pacific Ave and C Street.
Up to 4 buses will dwell for up to 15 minutes in the 121st street zones. Buses stop only once per hour and it will be uncommon for more than 1 or 2 buses to dwell at a time.
Passengers will wait for buses on the “sidewalk.”  Shelters will be unavailable throughout the project. Bathrooms will be located somewhere on the transit project site.
1 bus stop will move to the Pacific Avenue border of the transit station, close to the corner of Pacific Ave and NE 121st Street. (Route 1)   Route 1 stops will be along Pacific Avenue rather than in transit center.

Security:
East Campus parking lot was offered to PT security as an observation point for their roaming security cars. This adds to existing security presence at East Campus.
Campus Safety and Auxiliary Services will develop a temporary access and security plan for/with East Campus constituents, particularly PLU dance students.  It is probable that Door C will be locked 24/7 and another door be designated as entry for east campus constituents.

Potential Challenges:

The project timeline could slide.  PT is aware that construction and temp bus zones will be a problem when heavy use of east campus begins with the MRLH move-in.

I’ll pass on more detail and the plans in person.
Best –
Ginger Peck
– PLU Auxiliary Services Director

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Upcoming events this semester

January 12th

Legislative Workshop

Bellevue College

http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1608&EID=13700

This annual event is your opportunity to be involved as the state’s leading conservation groups prepare for the upcoming legislative session. You’ll hear from legislators, environmental lobbyists, and others regarding the community’s Environmental Priorities.

 
The afternoon will start off with learning about this year’s Priorities, next we’ll break for workshops where you’ll learn how to become a citizen activist or take your activism to the next level. After the workshops we’ll regroup to meet our invited legislators and finally end the afternoon with a social hour where participants can network and ask any additional questions.

 

January 31st- February 1st

Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference

Portland State

http://www.ohesc.org/

Colleges and universities serve a unique role in our state. We have a responsibility to investigate societal challenges, test drive potential solutions, and serve as the shepherds of a sustainable future. Take part in the effort to maximize our collective potential. Join campus professionals, faculty, and students for two days of dialogue, networking, and training at the 2013 Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (OHESC).

 

 

February 19th. 2013

Environmental Lobby Day

http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1608&EID=13700

This year, join 24 of the state’s leading conservation groups and hundreds of citizen advocates to push for the passage of the Environmental Priorities Coalition’s 2013 legislative agenda. We need you in Olympia on February 19, 2013, to garner the support of all three of your state legislators by using your power of persuasion as you meet face-to-face with them.

 

February 22nd-24th

Cascade Climate Network

http://cascadeclimate.org/calendar/

The Cascade Climate Network‘s Winter Fermentation gathering is coming up February 22nd-24th! Please read this email to get the important information. You can click this link to register for the gathering.  If you are interested in coming we will do our best to help you get to the gathering.  Here are the details:
 CCN’s winter gathering where we can keep our region’s youth climate organizing strong!  We will be focusing on regional and community campaigns, as well as offering workshops, presentations, spaces for dialogue, and a chance to shake off those winter blues!