GDOT wants community input on draft statewide transit plan

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Published: Jul. 9, 2020 at 3:20 PM CDT
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By Kim McCullough | July 8, 2020 at 3:13 PM EDT - Updated July 8 at 3:13 PM

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is asking for the public’s input on the results and recommendations of the draft Statewide Transit Plan (SWTRP).

GDOT officials said the SWTRP is a result of a comprehensive review of Georgia’s public transit needs that charts the future direction of transit programs, aiming to improve access and mobility for all Georgians.

The SWTRP plan is a result of extensive coordination over the course of 2019 and 2020 with transit providers, local governments, regional commissions, metropolitan planning organizations, the ATL Authority, other transit stakeholders, and the public, according to a release.

The SWTRP incorporates all existing urban and rural transit plans, plus identifies statewide near-term and long-range recommendations.

Highlights of this plan include:

  • Expanding public transit service to Georgia's 37 counties without service today, with an emphasis on regional coordination and cross-jurisdictional service.
  • Expanding the capacity of existing rural systems to ensure all rural needs are met.
  • Meeting workforce needs through extended service hours and more commuter routes.
  • Improving safety, system reliability, and performance by leveraging technology.
  • Enhancing coordination among transit providers, employers, healthcare and education providers

“Public transit is an important part of GDOT’s multimodal planning efforts,” said Kacyee Mertz, the GDOT project manager. “This plan helps us to identify needs and recommend strategies to improve access to transit, with a focus on rural transit, regional collaboration, and innovation. Input from transit agencies and the public has been vital throughout this process.”

To provide input on GDOT’s plan, you can visit their website and click through the virtual open house to leave a comment by July 30.

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