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Round II Questions and Answers

Questions by Round I winners, posted 20 June 2007

Q01: We see that you have made Round II submissions the same requirements as Round I. Does this mean that you will be judging the two Round I boards next to the two new Round II boards, or will the new submissions be judged in isolation?

Q02: Will the Round 1 boards be use in conjunction with the Round 2 boards for judging?

Q03: Should we assume that the Round 2 boards will be viewed on their own, as if the Round 1 boards did not exist? We don't want to duplicate information if we don't have to.

A01-03: Round I boards will be available for review to the jurors as they consider Round II submissions. However, Round II submissions stand on their own.

Q04: Should another narrative be completed for Round II?

A04: Yes, revise as needed.

Q05: Will the Jury be the same in Round II as in Round I?

A05: Yes.

Q06: Regarding the jury comment about parking ("Provide for 65 surface parking spots, this could be in place of underground parking."), do you/they mean SHOULD be in place of underground parking? I.e., underground parking should be eliminated? Who uses this parking?

A06: Provide for 65 surface spots. This comment is neutral in regard to additional underground parking. City Hall employees and other downtown workers use the parking spots.

Q07: Can you please elaborate as to how much of the Crawford Park should remain, and whether or not it should remain in it’s current location?

A07: Firefighters died in a fire at a building that fronted the sidewalk on Main. The statue is in some sense a historic marker and Crawford Park is a memorial park. Maintaining Crawford Park in some form with at least some Main Street frontage is desirable.

End of 20 June 2007 Question and Answer Set




Round I Questions and Answers

Questions by registered participants, posted 30 April 2007.

Q01: Who are the specialty bus carriers?

A01: Today, the intercity bus service to the Walla Walla transfer center is provided by Columbia County Public Transportation and the City of Milton-Freewater, Oregon. Columbia County Public Transportation is a demand-responsive service, which means it does not operate on a set schedule. However, they average five trips per day from Dayton, WA to Walla Walla, but since not all passengers want to transfer to a Valley Transit bus, only two of those trips stop at the transfer center. The City of Milton-Freewater provides four trips on Monday-Wednesday-Friday and those trips arrive at the transfer center at 9:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, and 5:25pm. Departures from the transfer center are at 7:30am, 9:15am, 12:15pm, 2:15pm, and 4:30pm. 

In July 2007, feeder service for Greyhound will resume for Walla Walla with three daily roundtrips to the Pasco, WA. The service is called the GrapeLine and will stop at the Pasco Airport, the Ben Franklin Transit 22nd Street Transfer Center in Pasco, and the multimodal station in Pasco with Greyhound, Linea Express, and Amtrak. Departures from the Walla Walla transfer center are scheduled for 6:45am, 12:15pm, and 4:20pm. Arrivals will come in at 12:00pm, 4:05pm, and 9:10pm. 

The intercity buses are currently boarding passengers at the two bus parking bays on Main Street, pretty much directly in front of the bandstand. There is a large passenger waiting shelter for intercity customer use and the shelter has an information kiosk to display contact and schedule information. 

It is necessary to provide two bays for intercity buses and preferably three. When the GrapeLine resumes service in July, we expect that the buses from Milton-Freewater and Dayton will adjust schedules to make this connection for their residents wanting connecting service to Greyhound and Amtrak.

Q02: What are the sizes of the buses used for intercity transit and intracity transit?

A02: Columbia County Public Transportation and the City of Milton-Freewater currently use a body-on-chassis mini-bus with an overall length of 24’ to 28’. The former service provider for the GrapeLine used a mix of mini-buses and full size Greyhound type motorcoaches. 

Valley Transit’s fixed route buses include 29’ Gillig Trolleys, 32’ Daimler-Chrysler SLF buses, and 35’ Orion-1 buses. Valley Transit’s mini-buses are generally built on a Ford E-450 chassis and are about 25’ in length.

Q03: How many intercity bus slips are required?

A03: Two bus slips are absolutely necessary, but three would be ideal.

Q04: How many intracity bus slips are required?

A04: Ten bus slips for local transit are required and overload buses for peak times will overflow into the intercity bus slips.

Q05: Please clarify which slips are currently used by the intercity buses and which are used by the intracity buses.

A05: Intercity buses only use the slips on Main Street, but the Intracity buses also overflow into the intercity space during peak times when youth transportation is high. The GrapeLine intercity bus schedule is driven by the Greyhound schedule in Pasco. Fortunately, this does not coincide with the peak period for the Valley Transit intracity buses. 

The transfer island, running north to south in 4th Street, holds ten bus slips for use by Valley Transit local buses. When the daytime fixed route bus system ends for the day at 5:45pm, a reduced level of service is provided from the transfer island with two flex routes and one fully demand-responsive mini-bus. The flex-routes depart the transfer center each 45-minutes and the demand responsive mini-bus usually meets them to make transfers.

Q06: Would you consider incorporating the Walla Walla Title Company site into the project including the parking lot and building?

A06: The Walla Walla Title property is not a part of the design space for this competition. Entrants are welcome to submit designs that could expand gracefully in that direction (or across streets in other directions) if the Market grew, funding were available and there were willing property sellers.

Q07: Are all or any of the items that are currently located on the site able to be relocated anywhere within the site or moved to another off-site location?

A07:

  • The transit building can be altered, moved or removed.
  • The market pavillion can be altered, moved or removed.
  • The bandstand pavillion can be moved about the site.
  • The firemen's memorial statue could be moved in a reconfiguration of Crawford Park but will remain at the site.  It is a memorial to firemen who died at this location.

Q08: Can any of the city streets be closed during the operation of the farmers market?

A08:

  • Rose Street at the north cannot be closed.
  • Main Street at the south could be closed for Market day use, especially for special events that bring larger than normal visitor counts and extra activities (e.g. Kid's Day).
  • Fourth Avenue at the west could be closed for Market day use. Transit operations would still continue in the bus lane.

Q09: How much space does a typical vendor require for the farmers market?

A09: Under the market pavillion, an ordinary parking stall. In most other parts of the market a 10'x10' space. Some larger and smaller stalls are created to match specific vendor needs and uneven site layout.

Q10: Do the farmers market transit stops shut down or reduce service during the markets operation?

A10: Valley Transit’s Saturday service is the same reduced level of service as during weekday evenings, utilizing the two flex-routes and one demand responsive mini-bus. Recalling that the transfer island runs north to south in 4th Street, the three Valley Transit vehicles operate on the west side of the island when Farmers Market is in operation.

Q11: Are the vendors allowed to park their vehicles behind their stands during the markets operation?

A11: Vendors under the market pavillion can back into their stall and sell off the tailgate.  Most choose to unload and park elsewhere to maximize sales space.  Other vendors generally park in public spaces on streets north of the site.

Q12: Does the number of existing parking spaces have to be maintained on site or can they be relocated?

There is no requirement to maintain a specific number of parking spaces or parking configuration. However, creative management of parking is always helpful. For example, the present configuration allows for 12 parking spaces under the market pavillion on non-market days.

Q13: Can underground parking be an option for this design competition? If yes, how far down?

A13: Underground parking is possible. Soils and hydrology do not present any particular limit on depth. Groundwater may be an issue after the first level down.

Q14: What is the bus and vehicular circulation and direction? 

A14: Transit Flow Diagram See A17 also.

Q15: How many people take transit during peak hours?

A15: Peak hour ridership at Valley Transit is 497 passenger boardings between 3:30pm to 4:30pm (weekdays). About 400 of these people pass through the downtown transfer center, although some passengers are riding through and will not deboard and add to the congestion.

Q16: What is the projection of number of people taking transit during peak hour in the future?

A16: Valley Transit ridership grew +2% in 2005, +23% in 2006, and +16% in the first quarter of 2007. We expect growth to taper off past this year to 5% in 2008-2010, until additional frequency and hours are added in 2011.

Q17: How is the existing traffic flow?

A17: See A14 for transit flows. All streets surrounding the site are two-way with volumes as described on the Site Tour page. Traffic speeds are 15mph on Main Street, and 25mph on other streets in the city core. Traffic congestion is generally non-existent to mild. Nearby intersections are controlled by traffic lights with pedestrian signals. The City is working on a grant to install ITS hardware and software which should help reduce future congestion problems.

Q18: Please provide link/copy of existing site plan with dimension.

A18: This Autocad file link has dimensional information. Preview PDF   DWG

Also available is an aerial view including the larger context of the site. 4th to 3rd Aerial


End of 30 April 2007 Question and Answer Set



Revision History

8 May 2007 - Corrected A04 to say "overflow into the intercity bus slips".  Had been "intracity". 

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