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Archive for Thursday, September 22, 1994

TRANSIT WISH

September 22, 1994

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When it comes to transportation, people want more bike paths, increased public transportation, more and better-maintained sidewalks and improved pedestrian access to Iowa and 23rd streets.

That's what engineers and planners heard Wednesday night, anyway, from about 40 people attending a public meeting to help develop a comprehensive transportation plan for Douglas County.

"We didn't really hear anything we didn't know before," said Fred Sherman, the city's transportation planner. "But we heard what we needed. We want to make sure that we are doing things that the people want. We need to hear that."

And the public comments, both written and verbal, will be considered during ongoing development of the plan, which will replace the county's last comprehensive transportation plan, passed in 1971.

People have an opportunity to offer their own solutions for the area's transportation needs by mailing ideas to Sherman, at city hall, by Oct. 13.

Local, state and federal officials will use the finished plan to help decide which projects should and will receive transportation financing, which can total millions of dollars a year.

The city is paying JBM Consultants & Engineers $115,000 to help develop the plan, which must be adopted by Dec. 18 to meet a federal deadline.

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