(Orange, Texas)

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July 31, 2013

Public offers input on region’s transportation needs

ORANGE — It all starts with a suggestion.

Residents offered input for the Southeast Texas’ Metropolitan Transportation Plan during the meeting on Monday in Orange.

The meeting is the first part of three meetings for the five year, long range plan, to gather concerns of the citizens in the region.

The Jefferson-Orange-Hardin Regional Transportation Study’s principle purpose is to provide an overall Metropolitan Transportation Plan that permits the most desirable and efficient means of meeting the transportation needs of the study area over the next 20 years.

The comments gathered can create a conception of a possible project which can then be submitted as a project to a member of the JOHRTS Transportation Planning Committee or the JOHRTS Technical Committee. The projects are scored on a list of five criteria and submitted for approval to the JOHRTS Transportation Planning Committee. The selection process happens every 2-3 years and placed into a four-year planning document known as the Transportation Improvement Plan. Then work can begin in anticipation of construction.

The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission gathered information during the Regional Transportation Coordination Public Meeting held at the same time.

An express bus survey showed 88 percent of the 886 responses stated there was a need for Express Bus Service in the region with 77 percent stating the service should utilize public funding to support the service. A majority of those who responded are willing to pay $1 for a on-way trip. The service would help connect the major cities within the area. The majority of the respondents to the survey, 56 percent, are between 36-59 years of age.

The information collected during a previous public meeting helped demonstrate the perceived need for an express bus service in Southeast Texas.

All meetings are the same and are not restricted to a specific area. The public is strongly encouraged to be an active part of this process by selecting a meeting day and time that fits their schedule or provide written comments.

Interested citizens are invited to attend any of the public meetings listed below:

• Wednesday, July 31, 6 p.m., Port Arthur Public Library, 4615 Ninth Ave., Port Arthur  

• Thursday, Aug. 1, 4 p.m., Silsbee Public Library, 295 Fourth St., Silsbee


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