After crunching the numbers, the City of Moncton says there is adequate existing parking and transportation to allow for 10,000 people, to visit the downtown centre in an evening.
The Transportation Dispersal Plan, developed by IBI Group Professional Services (Canada) Inc. and Crandall Engineering Ltd. was presented to council at Monday night’s meeting.
Surveys were conducted of available parking at different times in the evening, and Peter Allaby, of Crandall Engineering Ltd. said 4,000 parking spots were found to be available within a 15 minute walk of the centre. He said with carpooling factored in, as well as other modes of transportation, these spots will be enough.
“Even for a small event, there’s enough parking within a 10 minute walk and most of that is within a six minute walk to serve your routine Wildcats game,” said Allaby.
There will be a total of 24 accessible parking spaces near the centre.
Public transit a priority
Andrea Lendak, of IBI Group Professional Services Inc., said the city asked that public transit be a priority.
“We want to make sure buses have the prime spot in the house.”
“As spectators come out of the events centre they’ll have bus options right there.”
There will be space for five bus loading areas on each side of Main Street in between Highfield Street and Weldon Street. During events, accessible transit will have direct access to the building.
The plan also recommends that 50 spaces be made available for cyclists to lock up their bikes.
People will be able to be picked up and dropped off near the centre, but the plan recommends it happen at least a block away on Cameron Street, to cut down on congestion in front of the centre, on Main Street.
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