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$11.5 million project opens at UNI

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) --   The University of Northern Iowa opened a new $11.5 million project Monday.

Located on West 23rd Street just east of Campbell Hall, the Multimodal Transportation Center includes a 3-story car parking ramp and a pavilion.

These addition 350 new parking spaces on campus are near 1 of the new 7 bus stops. 

The facility is a stop for the Panther Shuttle, MET Transit and Safe Ride buses and provides easy access to the Cedar Valley Nature Trails bicycle paths. It will be open to vehicles with university permits and to the public.

"We're going to be moving people around campus rather than vehicles, and therefore it allows us to accommodate more people both on and off campus who are visiting and working and going to school," UNI Public Safety Director Dave Zarifis said.

The grant also paid for new electronic equipment to display the bus schedules.

"What that does is allow people to understand that in another 3 minutes or 4 minutes, the bus is going to be there so they won't have to wonder when the next bus is coming.  They'll have that information right there.  Hopefully that will facilitate more ridership," Zarifis said.

80% of the project was paid for through a federal grant.  The rest was paid for through the college's parking fund.

Another grant will allow the continuation of the project next spring when the college plans on installing 990 solar panels on the parking garage's roof. The panels will provide 95% of the electricity for the center.

ONLINE PRODUCER: Jackie Manternach

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