Community members invited to shape the future of parking and transportation
Virginia Tech students, employees, and community members are invited to a town-hall style meeting Monday, Oct. 26, to learn and share feedback about the ongoing initiative to develop a new parking and transportation master plan.
The meeting, from 4-6 p.m. at Squires Student Center in the Brush Mountain room, will begin with a brief presentation about the parking and transportation master plan, after which participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk with university parking and transportation professionals.
Representatives from Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB), the company Virginia Tech has hired to develop the master plan, will also be available to talk with attendees.
Registration is not required and individuals are encouraged to come and go as their schedules allow.
Virginia Tech is looking at how it can enhance parking and transportation to better accommodate increased demand fueled by increasing student enrollment and the need for more faculty and staff to support that growth. The goal of the new master plan is to anticipate and prepare for the growth expected through 2025.
“This planning effort will allow the university to develop a parking and transportation infrastructure that strives to meet Virginia Tech's needs long-term,” said Christopher H. Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer at Virginia Tech. "Community involvement in this process is imperative for long-term success."
In addition to the October 26 event, community feedback is being collected via:
- Stakeholder workshops in November and February 2016
- An online comment form
- The Virginia Tech MOVES app that allows bicyclists and pedestrians to track their trip routes and provide that feedback to the university.
- The Parking and Transportation Master Plan Facebook page
The project is expected to wrap up in spring 2016 with the publication of a plan that addresses traffic service, parking conditions and alternative transportation, and fully integrates and accommodates the needs of vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle, and transit traffic.
For more information, contact Steve Mouras, director of transportation planning and sustainability at 540-231-7912.