Sunday, September 13, 2009

Resident Input Needed on Transportation Plan

The NC Dept. of Transportation is starting work on a Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) for Johnston County and wants input from all town and County residents before making decisions about highways, public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian facilities and more—decisions that could guide planning for the next 25 to 30 years.

An online input form is available at

Officials are also in the process of making paper versions of the form available at a number of places across the County, including public buildings, restaurants, post offices, libraries, grocery stores and more.

"Hopefully most people will take it online, but we do need to have some paper copies out there available for those who don't have computer access," said NCDOT Transportation Engineer Sarah Ezzell in a note to town and county leaders. "There's no such thing as too many locations or too much advertisement. The more input we have from citizens for the plan, the better. The paper surveys give participants the option to either mail it in or to return it where they picked it up."

All resident input will remain anonymous, and all data gathered will be used only for the CTP. The due date for completed forms is Sept. 30.

"I think it's important to have citizen input on this," said Councilman Bob Ahlert. "If people are really interested in having and using public transportation, they should make their feelings known, because that will influence where our money is spent."

Ezzell said the CTP will likely take a couple of years to complete.

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