City Hires Consultant for Downtown Parking and Traffic Calming Studies

Measure R funds will be used for $185k payment.

Written by VINCENT WEI / Published March 30, 2012

The city has hired a consultant to conduct two studies, as well as bring forward two plans to tackle the lack of parking in downtown Temple City and measures to calm traffic within Temple City boundaries.

The city council approved the two contracts, valued at $185,035, with RBF Consulting, during their October 4, 2011 meeting. Measure R funds will be used to finance the agreements.

Approximately 93 thousand dollars will be spent for the downtown parking study and strategic plan, while about 92 thousand dollars will be used toward the traffic calming study and master plan.

“There should be a savings of about $13,000” as a result of the city picking a single consultant rather than going with two, City Manager Jose Pulido said.

Public Safety Officer Bryan Ariizumi, who was involved with the selection process, stated that 17 firms bid to assist Temple City with its downtown parking study and plan. Nine firms expressed interest in working with the city for its traffic calming study and master plan.

RBF was chosen after interviewers looked at the following characteristics: experience, designed solutions, success rate, community outreach, understanding of issues and conditions of the city, understanding of project guidelines and deadlines, project schedule and cost.

According to Mr. Ariizumi, RBF will have five months to complete the downtown parking study and plan and six months to finish the traffic calming study and plan.

He told the city council that the consultant would begin its work in October.

“There will be public outreach. There will be community meetings,” Mr. Ariizumi said.

Councilmember Carl Blum, like his colleagues, voiced support for both proposals.

“As we look at economic revitalization in our city, that’s the white elephant in the room,” he said, referring to the lack of parking.

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