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Friday, January 22, 2010

Regents approve funding for first phase of Fuller Road Station

The Board of Regents on Thursday approved participation in the first phase of the Ann Arbor intermodal transportation complex known as the Fuller Road Station, to be built near the U-M medical campus.

Details on these new options are available on the U-M Parking and Transportation Web site and the AATA Web site.

The $46.5 million first phase of the project will include a 1,000-space parking structure and covered bus station along with other site improvements. The complex will be built on city-owned land along Fuller Road near East Medical Center Drive that currently is leased by the U-M for a surface parking lot.

Future phases could include platforms for access to commuter rail service and an elevated, enclosed walkway over the railroad tracks connecting Fuller Road Station to the U-M medical campus.

“We are very pleased to be working together with the city on this effort to bring together options for bus connections, vehicle parking, biking and — eventually — rail passengers,” says Jim Kosteva, director of community relations.

The parking spaces and costs will be shared by U-M and the city of Ann Arbor, with U-M paying 78 percent of construction costs and having access to 78 percent of the parking spaces. The university also will manage construction of the complex.

The university will pay its portion of the project from Parking and Transportation resources, according to the outline of the project prepared for the regents.

The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2012. In addition to parking and the bus station, the initial phase will include passenger waiting areas, a covered area for bicycle parking, improving Fuller Road for vehicle access and upgrades to the multiuse pathway along Fuller Road.

While 250 parking spaces will be lost during construction, a new commuter lot with several hundred spaces will open Monday at the North Campus Research Complex with bus service to campus.

The lot will be accessible from Huron Parkway, south of Plymouth Road and across from Baxter Road. The lot is open to anyone with a gold, blue, yellow or orange parking permit.

Bus service will be offered several times per hour from the lot to the U-M medical campus and main campus via the U-M Northwood and Commuter bus routes.

Also opening Monday is a new park-and-ride lot on Plymouth Road at U.S. 23. The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority will offer bus service from the lot to the medical campus and central campus. The lot has 250 parking spaces and U-M students and employees can ride free on AATA buses by swiping their MCard.