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Input Sought For Long Term Transportation Plan


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Residents gather at the Ellettsville Fire Station Tuesday night to talk with MPO officials about traffic congestion, pedestrian safety, and other transportation issues. While the meeting was sparsely attended, officials hope more people will come out April 1st to give input.

Monroe County Officials are working to determine how people will use transportation to get around in 20 years, and officials are turning to citizens for advice.

Residents gathered Tuesday night at the Ellettsville Fire Station to voice their concerns about road congestion. Their input will be incorporated into the Bloomington, Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which is a federally required document that will outline how the major transportation projects will be designed in the area.

MPO Director Josh Desmond says his group wants to know how motorists want the county infrastructure to look two decades from now.

“We’re going to be looking at a broad range of issues,” he says. “It’s really a multi-modal plan, if you will. We will be looking at not just roadway improvements, but what we need to do as far transit services, and what we need to for bicycle and pedestrian safety.”

The MPO will hold another meeting April 1 at Bloomington’s City Hall to gather more input from residents.

The MPO is responsible for planning all transportation projects that involve federal money, including highway projects, recreation trails, and public transit.

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