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May 2020

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SWRPC Meetings

June 16

The SWRPC Annual Commission Meeting will be at 3:00 p.m.  To join the Zoom meeting via computer please click:

https://bit.ly/june20AnCoMtg

To join via phone please dial: (646) 558-8656

Meeting ID: 860 5952 0682

Password: 897111

To join via toll free number please dial: (888)475-4499

For assistance logging in please contact Rich Clough of SWRPC staff.

For more information please contact Becky Baldwin of SWRPC staff.

Since there will be a need for a roll call vote Board Members and Commissioners are asked to register in advance by emailing admin@swrpc.org.

June 29

The SWRPC Transportation Advisory Committee will meet at 2:00 p.m.  To join the Zoom meeting please click:  https://bit.ly/june20TACMtg

To join via phone please dial: (646)558-8656

Meeting ID: 895 6954 1003  Password: 431076

Or dial toll-free: (888) 475-4499

For assistance logging in please contact Rich Clough of SWRPC staff.

For more information please contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

 

Other Meetings

June 8

The Monadnock Broadband Group will meet at 1:00 p.m.

To join the Zoom meeting please click:

https://bit.ly/June20MBGmtg

To join via phone please dial: (646) 558-8656

Meeting ID: 815 5588 0246

Password: 317503

To join via toll free number please call (888) 475-4499

For assistance logging in please contact Rich Clough of SWRPC staff.

For more information please contact Henry Underwood of SWRPC staff.

 

Items of Interest

The Regional Public Involvement Plan for Southwest New Hampshire has been adopted and released. To view the plan, please click here.

For NH planning events, see the NH Office of Strategic Initiatives Events Calendar.

Discover more about Granite State Future.

Municipal Survey Report

To learn about Monadnock Region Future: A Plan for Southwest New Hampshire visit

To learn about the Greater Keene Air Quality Education and Outreach Campaign visit.

To learn about the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant decommissioning process visit

Greater Keene Intermodal Transportation Center Feasibility Study

Project news:

Open House and Public Discussion: February 4, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Keene Public Library at 60 Winter Street Street in Keene

Mark your calendar to attend an Open House and Public Discussion to learn about SWRPC’s Greater Keene Intermodal Transportation Center Feasibility Study. Explore project posters that will be on display in the atrium of the Keene Public Library from January 28th to February 4th. The posters will illustrate how different scenarios of future growth in the Keene area could affect the built environment, transportation options, and ITC design. SWRPC staff will be available on-site for informal discussion about the study on February 4th from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. A short presentation will follow from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the library auditorium, located in the basement.

Open House Flyer

What is the study?

The City of Keene and its immediate surroundings, otherwise referred to as Greater Keene, functions as the regional center of southwest New Hampshire. On a daily basis, thousands of people travel to Greater Keene for work, school, shopping, recreation, cultural attractions, medical services, and a variety of other reasons. Highways, roads, and public transit routes all converge in Greater Keene, which also includes intercity bus connections and an airport. Considering Greater Keene’s role as a prominent activity center, the Southwest Region Planning Commission, along with key community stakeholders, are undertaking a study to better understand the need for an “intermodal” transportation center, the feasibility of constructing such a center, and the potential benefits it could bring to the region.

What is an “intermodal” transportation center?

In short, it’s where different modes of transportation are available and connect with one another. Transportation modes include, but are not limited to driving a personal automobile, renting a car, biking, walking, or riding a bus. Intermodal transportation centers can include any number of features, including parking facilities, a bus station, bike racks, a central dispatch office for non-emergency medical transportation, electric vehicle charging stations, or car-sharing services like Zipcar. Intermodal transportation centers and the specific services they offer vary from place to place. A key study objective is to determine what services would best benefit Greater Keene and the wider Monadnock Region if the idea of an intermodal transportation center were to move forward.


An “intermodal” transportation center can serve as a connnection point for many differernt modes of transportation, including...


What does the study include?

The study includes four phases, each lasting about six months. Beginning in the summer of 2018, Phase I includes assembling a project working group to guide study activities. The project working group includes a diverse range of local organizations, assuring that the study reflects a wide cross section of community priorities. Phase I also includes selecting an expert consultant and collecting information on transportation currently available within Greater Keene.

Phase II involves organizing public outreach and input sessions, developing criteria for prioritizing the types of facilities and services that the ideal transportation center would include, and developing criteria for assessing potential sites. Phase II also involves developing a “purpose and needs statement” that will guide the course of the study.

If sufficient need and purpose are identified, the study proceeds to Phase III, which would evaluate the pros and cons of locating an intermodal transportation center at several potential sites. Phase III would also assess the respective costs and benefits of including specific features in an intermodal transportation center. Considered features could include items like a parking garage, central dispatch office, or onsite dining, just to name a few examples. During Phase III, members of the public would have an opportunity to state their priorities, voice concerns, or ask questions about potential sites or facility features.

Finally, in Phase IV, the project working group would select a site(s) for more detailed study. More in-depth study could involve a conceptual level design, street-level renderings, and cost estimates.

Whatever its specific findings might be, the study will result in a clearer picture of the Monadnock Region’s intermodal transportation needs, as well as what benefits that an intermodal transportation center would bring (or not bring) to the region. The study will afford the project working group and members of the public an opportunity to envision how an intermodal transportation center might relate to different aspects of life within the region: the economy, job access, traffic, health, the environment, among other considerations. It will result in either an informed conclusion that an intermodal transportation center isn’t a good fit for Greater Keene or in a vision of where a center would best be located, what it might look like, and the services it should offer.

For more information, please contact Todd Horner or J.B. Mack of Southwest Region Planning Commission at (603) 357-0557 or via email at thorner@swrpc.org or jbmack@swrpc.org.

Project Documents

  1. Summary of Phase I Data Collection Activities
  2. Informational Brochure
  3. Flyer for 06/25/19 Open House
  4. Purpose and Need Statement
  5. Features and Space Planning
  6. Location Evaluation Tool
  7. Scenario Planning Memo
  8. Flyer for 02/04/20 Open House
  9. Open House Project Overview Poster
  10. Open House Scenario 1 Poster
  11. Open House Scenario 1 Site Plan Poster
  12. Open House Scenario 2 Poster
  13. Open House Scenario 3 Poster
  14. Open House Presentation