Transportation center opening at Storrs Center in Nov.
Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 23:10
Storrs Center’s information and transit hub, the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center, will open in November, according to town officials.
The center is scheduled to open in mid-to-late November if everything goes according to current plans, said Lon Hultgren, Mansfield’s Director of Public Works. He said the center will receive buses from UConn’s on-campus bus lines, though specific lines are not known at this time. The center will also receive buses from Windham Region Transit District’s line from Storrs to Willimantic, according to Hultgren.
Hultgren also said regional bus lines such as Peter Pan and Megabus will eventually offer service to the transportation center, though not immediately following its opening.
Many details about which lines will offer services will be finalized when the center is opened, according to Hultgren.
Kathleen Paterson, communications and special projects manager for the Mansfield Downtown Partnership, believes the transportation center will become “a central location for residents and visitors to catch a bus, store their bicycle or meet up with friends to explore downtown Storrs.”
Paterson said the parking garage adjacent to the transportation center will have spaces for shared cars, as part of partnership with Hertz On-Demand, and electric vehicles.
The center will also have bike lockers and showers available for commuters, according to a May press release from the town of Mansfield. Additionally, public restrooms and information about the downtown will be available for any visitors, Paterson said.
The center is named after two longtime Mansfield residents, Dennison Nash and Gary Zimmer, who were both advocates of alternative transportation, according to Paterson.
Nash, who died in March 2012, was a UConn professor from 1957-1991 while Zimmer, who died in Feb. 2011, was a former director of UConn’s farm services.
The construction of the center was funded by a $4.9 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration, according to Mansfield’s May press release.