The Regional Transportation Commission is inviting the public to provide input on designs for Virginia Street near the university and through Midtown.
RTC is holding a meeting August 25, 2015 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Discovery Museum, 490 South Center Street.
The meeting announcement today comes in the wake of the City Council’s recommendation to the Regional Transportation Commission to go with a Virginia Street redesign that does not include bike lanes in a portion of the Midtown district.
Option B, the recommendation by the council, includes shared travel lanes in a part of Midtown, wider sidewalks and maintaining some on-street vehicle parking. It is anticipated that Option B designs will be discussed at the meeting.
“At this point, now (Option B) has been narrowed down, so we want to refine those concepts and look at these areas block by block,” said Joe Harrington, public information officer of RTC. “We do believe we can pick up some parking on the side streets under this option, so the net loss of parking would be about 20-30 spaces. We can’t say an exact number until we’re at a final design.
“The bike lanes will have to go somewhere else nearby,” he added. “That’s not to say they wouldn’t be in Midtown.”