The members of a volunteer committee on city transportation issues set their agenda and pace at a meeting Wednesday.
The goal of the group, the Citizens Public Transportation Blueprint Committee, is to make sure there is as much public input as possible in an upcoming study on public transportation.
"We want citizen input so the experts aren't controlling our lives," said Ed Dutton, a committee member.
Funded by the city and the Urban Mass Transportation Administration, the study will be conducted by an independent consultant who will examine the transportation needs of Lawrence residents.
Plans for the study call for the creation of an advisory committee to aid the consultants and review their work. Members of the Blueprint Committee have taken it upon themselves to find qualified candidates for the advisory committee.
"We'll try to get as many viewpoints as we can, to make sure that the advisory board looks at the city as a whole," said Barbara Bishop, Blueprint Committee chair.
The blueprint committee consists of a core group of about 12 people, she said.
During the next two months, the members plan to identify all of the local organizations that would have a stake in mass transportation issues, Bishop said. They then plan to track down key people in these groups who could serve on the advisory group.
Bishop said they will present their list of candidates to the city after a consultant is chosen for the study. The city may choose a consultant sometime in February, said Diane Mullens, city planner.