Area residents have an opportunity to help shape the region’s public transit plan by attending a workshop Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 9 a.m. at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) office, 4 Industrial Drive.
This is the third of a series workshops about transit planning. The meeting is open to the public, and reservations are not necessary.
MRPC staff will use information collected at these workshops to draft an update to the region’s Public Transit and Human Service Transportation Plan that is used by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) when making future funding decisions. MoDOT is providing the funding for the plan update.
“This is the public’s opportunity to become involved in the decision making process,” MRPC Planning Manager Connie Willman said.
Workshop participants will create an action plan for a list of public transportation needs in the region. Participants will be asked to brainstorm and list three to four potential solutions to address needs that were identified during earlier workshops.
A few of the needs that will be looked at during the Dec. 4 meeting include funding for job-related transportation, expanding public transit services to include life enhancement such as recreational activities and shopping, funding to replace older transit buses and creating a web-based scheduling system.
A list of 32 needs was created and prioritized during the previous two workshops by reviewing the current transportation plan and results from surveys completed by agencies and residents involved with public transit in the region. Action plans for the first seven needs were created during the second meeting.