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Kent Central Gateway


Project Location:  Northeast Corner of Erie Street/Depeyster Street Intersection

Project Budget:  Project Budget:  $26 million ($21.6 million Maximum Federal Share)

Project Schedule:

                Design Start Date                    April 2009               

                Construction Start Date           May 2011

                Project Finish                      April 2013 (Deck), July 2013 (transit station)


The Kent Central Gateway (KCG) is a proposed multi-modal transit facility located north of Erie Street between Haymaker Parkway (SR 59) and Depeyster Street. The facility will provide a location for four modes of transportation (auto, bus, bike and pedestrian) to intersect and allow users to switch modes of transportation efficiently and safely. The facility is critically located at the intersection of numerous transit routes, a high volume roadway (SR 59), the proposed Portage Hike and Bike Trail, KSU and downtown Kent. The facility will include a 10 bus bay transfer facility, parking deck, bicycle storage areas, indoor and outdoor waiting areas, ticket counters and retail spaces.

The KCG is a critical component of the redevelopment of downtown Kent. The KCG will be improved by the City of Kent and KSU by the addition of two levels of parking. The additional parking created will provide the additional parking capacity required to support the proposed Hotel, Conference Center, new office and retail spaces and the existing Main Street businesses.

This project is a joint venture between the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA), Kent State University (KSU) and the City of Kent. PARTA is the lead agency for the project. They are currently administering the design of the project and acquiring the land for the facility. PARTA will also administer the construction and manage the transit facility after construction is completed. Funding for the project to date including planning, design and land acquisition has been predominantly funded through federal funds obtained with the aid of Congressman Ryan.  PARTA is also one of 51 nationwide recipients of a TIGER Grant.  The TIGER Grant of $20 million will fund the construction of the transit-related portions of the facility


Additional information on this project is available at  http://www.kentcentralgateway.com/

Project Status:

  • East stair tower completing EIFS

  • Completing sidewalks and lighting on Erie Street

  • Signal construction at Erie and SR 59

  • Completing signage and exterior light fixtures




James Bowling, P.E.             

City Engineer

Phone: 330-678-8106

Email: bowlingj@kent-ohio.org

  City of Kent

Department of Public Service

Division of Engineering