Imola Park and Ride

Imola Park & Ride is now open!

People can use the Imola Park & Ride to carpool, hop on a Vine express or regional bus starting October 30, store bikes while on transit, and soon charge electric vehicles.

Napa Valley residents and visitors have a new transportation option when getting around. The newly completed $4 million Imola Park & Ride facility will allow people to conveniently meet up for carpools, hop on a Vine express or regional bus starting October 30, and soon charge their electric vehicles.

The Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) and regional transportation leaders officially opened the Imola Park & Ride facility during a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning.

“The Imola Park & Ride, a once dilapidated empty lot on the corridor, has been given new life as a bustling Park & Ride that will serve commuters and visitors alike,” said NVTA Chair Liz Alessio. “By making investments in projects such as this Park & Ride, we are creating more attractive and reliable bus service and active transportation options.”

The Imola Park & Ride features:

  • Bus pullouts and platforms on both sides of Highway 29. This will allow regional and express buses to more quickly pick up and drop off riders, resulting in quicker travel times to destinations;
  • Sheltered waiting areas with lighting, wayfinding, and (forthcoming) real-time transit information;
  • Pavement rehabilitation of the entire parking lot;
  • Improved parking lot lighting for safety;
  • New sidewalk and bike lane between the parking lot and northbound off-ramp; and
  • Forthcoming electric vehicle charging stations.

“Park and Rides provide significant convenience to transit riders particularly when there is ample parking to shorten commutes, a place to charge electric vehicles, and a safe place to park bicycles,” said Ray Tellis, Regional Administrator for the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Region 9. “I believe that these types of creative solutions will bring riders back to our region’s transit systems.”

Funding for this project came from the FTA, the Transportation Fund for Clean Air, and the Transportation Development Act.

NVTA broke ground on the Imola Park & Ride on September 20, 2021.

NVTA Director Kate Miller, NVTA Board Chair Alfredo Pedroza, Napa Mayor Scott Sedgley, and NVTA Board Vice Chair Liz Alessio holding shovels behind a large pile of dirt at the future location of the Imola Park & Ride.

This project better facilitates the Vine’s express bus system by constructing two bus pullouts and platforms on SR 29, one at the northbound off-ramp at Imola Avenue and one at the southbound on-ramp which is adjacent to the Caltrans-owned Park & Ride lot. There is also pedestrian infrastructure and lighting at and between the park & ride lot and the southbound and northbound ramps. New sidewalk and bicycle facilities are under SR 29 on the south side of Imola Avenue.

In addition to the bus pullouts and platforms, the project includes acceleration and deceleration lanes, traffic signal improvements for bus and pedestrian access, sheltered waiting areas with lighting, wayfinding and real-time transit information. The work also includes pavement rehabilitation of the park and ride facility. This project will improve express bus run times by allowing the bus to serve passengers on the on/off ramps to avoid deviating off the highway.

NVTA awarded the contract for environmental and design work to Kimley Horn and construction to OC Jones.

The total project cost about $3.1 million.

 

Project Rendering:

Project rendering shows a bus departing a covered bus shelter, pedestrians, and a woman walking next to a bicycle on the sidewalk.