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MDOT completes Park-and-Ride lot in southern Kent County
Benjamin Kohrman 517-335-3084Agency:
August 3, 2005 - - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently completed a new Park-and-Ride lot on the southeast corner of M-37 and 60th Street in Kentwood. The new lot is the second largest of eight carpool lots located within the Grand Rapids Metro area and can accommodate 86 commuters. This is the first of two lots that are adjacent to the new Paul B. Henry Freeway (M-6) in southern Kent County.
"The lot usage of the Grand Rapids Metro area averages just under 70 percent of total capacity," said Grand Region Engineer Roger Safford. "That's exceptionally high when you consider that in 2004, the average occupancy rate in the state was at 32 percent. We're excited to be able to provide this lot for commuters and to promote carpooling overall."
The Michigan Carpool Parking Lot Program, also known as the Park-and-Ride Program, began as a pilot program in 1974 with 11 carpool parking lots. Today there are more than 215 carpool parking lots located across the state, providing nearly 8,300 parking spaces. Approximately 2,800 vehicles park in these facilities on an average weekday. The program will continue to grow and expand as new lots are constructed and existing lots are improved. For more information on this and other MDOT programs, visit the MDOT Web site at www.michigan.gov/mdot
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