The Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency is preparing to install wayfinding and digital signs in the city of Napa and at its Soscol Gateway Transit Center with directional and real-time information about the transit system.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will provide $263,000 to fund the project, which aims to provide passengers on the VINE bus system with information about key destinations in the city of Napa and Napa County, and how to access them via taxis, shuttles, walkways, bicycles or regional transit connections.
The mediums delivering that information are directional signs and wayfinding kiosks, real-time digital displays and displays with information about NCTPA’s transit services.
The agency will work with San Francisco-based Erbco Construction Services on the project, which includes Erbco analyzing access points to the new transit center on Burnell Street, traffic circulation patterns, and key areas where pedestrians or travelers would need information about how to reach destination points.
Erbco’s contract is valued at $185,000, all of which is provided by MTC via revenue collected from Bay Area bridge tolls, according to the county transit agency.
Erbco will also have to produce a map showing the circulation patterns in the vicinity of the transit center and the Redwood Road Park and Ride, and which paths traffic can travel in those areas, such as bus routes, major arterials, bike paths and walkways.
With that information, the contractor will have to determine how many different sign types will be needed, how many signs total, and where they will be located.
It will also have to draft the messages on each sign and the signs’ designs, as well as the digital panels. A cost estimate will be provided with this submittal.
Erbco has to determine whether placing the signs will require encroachment permits from outside agencies, such as the city of Napa or Caltrans, and how well the signage program will mesh with master plans that will be rolled out in the future, such as the Downtown Specific Plan.
After that, it’s up to the contractor to produce the draft and final versions of the construction documents, while giving the county transit agency and MTC opportunities to weigh in and review the draft version.
A separate contract will be needed for creating and installing the signs.
NCTPA Executive Director Kate Miller wrote in an email that the agency wanted to time this project with the unveiling of the new transit center last December, but was unable to get responses from its initial requests for proposals.
NCTPA is also working with the city of Napa to place the wayfinding signs to the transit center in downtown Napa, Miller wrote.