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Como Park Shuttle meeting June 4

Mike Hahm talks about the upcoming Como Park shuttle service and promotes attending the June 4 meeting (7 – 8:30, Street Car Museum) to discuss traffic, parking, and strategies to make the new shuttle service a success.

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Como Park Meetings

Como Park Budget

Can you explain how Como Park is financed?
When asked to explain how various parts of Como Park are financed, Mike Hahm did his best in this “off to cuff” reply at the District 10 Community Council “Como Park Master Plan” open house at the Street Car Museum, March 30, 2009.

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Como Park Shuttle bus

Como Park Shuttle / Circulator Project

Who:

Michael Hahm, as Director/Campus Manager of the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is leading the implementation of the shuttle/circulator project. He met with Art Oglesby on Friday, May 30.
Parks and Rec. Dept of the City of Saint Paul wrote the grant

How:

A shuttle has been in the master plans since at least 1985 (see below)
$1.2 million federal grant for a pilot project (+ a small matching requirement)

Study:

A survey on the Como website is pointing toward a 10 minute loop

Planning:

Where to park (probably south of fairgrounds across Como)
Contract in the works – Fairgrounds too restrictive
Route East on Como to Lexington; North to Estabrook/Nason Place; unload in front of Conservatory: loop back to beginning.
Purchase:
At least (2) 20-25 passenger vehicles that are handicap/stroller friendly
Metro Transit contracted to operate
Construct bus shelters
Implement:
Hope to start in 2009
only weekends at beginning

1985 master plan