Green provided parking, lighting, landscape, stormwater, and structural design services as a prime consultant to the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) for the Richmond CMG PARK (31) Park & Ride expansion project in Richmond, VT. The existing Park-and-Ride facility, with a capacity of 105 parking spaces, was heavily used and regularly experienced parking overflows in excess of 150 vehicles. The excess vehicles use adjacent grass areas for parking, which created safety and accessibility concerns. The facility, located immediately off of I-89 Exit 11, is served by the Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) Montpelier LINK Express bus route, which has one of the highest ridership numbers in the State of Vermont.
Recognizing the need to expand the existing facility and to improve the amenities at the facility, Green developed three alternatives to expand capacity at the lot and presented the three alternatives along with costs to VTrans for consideration. Green developed the preferred alternative, which increased capacity to 159 spaces, from the Conceptual Design stage through to Contract Plans. Throughout the design development process, Green coordinated closely with VTrans and other stakeholders such as the FHWA, CCTA, and the Town of Richmond to ensure all requirements were met. Green designed an innovative bus turnaround within the parking area that limits impacts and allows busses to turn around without having to cross US Route 2. Green designed new LED lighting for the lot, a new wood bus shelter, retaining walls, and stormwater mitigation measures. Green was responsible for preparing permitting documents for the project, including Vermont’s stormwater operational and construction permits and the Town of Richmond’s Site Plan Review.
Green also provided full landscape design and detailing services for the Park-and-Ride facility, which included special detailing of colored stamped concrete islands and traffic islands for the bus turnaround and parking lot islands. Plantings were selected to fit the character of the area and were chosen to be low-maintenance.
Project construction is complete and has been well received as evidenced by the increased usage of the Park-and-Ride facility and improved traffic operations along US Route 2.