(Orange, Texas)

July 20, 2013

Community meetings related to public transit planning; updates to SE Texas Metropolitan Transportation plan

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission’s (SETRPC) Transportation and Environmental Resources Division is gathering public comment on general activities related to public transit planning the opportunity to learn about and comment on an update to southeast Texas’ Metropolitan Transportation Plan. These activities are related to strategies for increasing the availability and efficiency of public transportation services for all neighborhoods and communities in Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin Counties.

SETRPC is seeking input from residents to develop strategies that provide transportation for the southeast Texas three-county region. The SETRPC is also seeking feedback on the public’s opinion regarding the recently completed DRAFT comprehensive assessment of express bus service transportation needs and preliminary recommendations for the southeast Texas area. Community input is critical in order to develop strategies that meet the actual needs of the community. Meetings begin 3 p.m. Monday, July 29, at the Orange Public Library, 220 North 5th Street in Orange, offering citizens in Jefferson, Orange and Hardin Counties the opportunity to provide comments on their transit needs.

“This is an opportunity for the public to give their thoughts on where transit services are needed the most, making the best use of our region’s resources,” says Bob Dickinson, director of transportation and environmental resources for SETRPC.

Dickinson also said it is a chance for the public to be directly involved in the process and have their voices heard as  recommendations  are made to address transportation-related issues that are affecting the southeast Texas region.

“There is only so much major highway funding,” Dickinson said. “Comments from the public can help get a feel of the community for future projects, long- range projects. Input from the public is critically important.”

These meetings are designed to solicit citizen’s ideas and input on possible transit changes and improvements that can help create better connections throughout the region. 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.

For more information on the upcoming public meetings, or special needs requests (48 Hours); please contact Bob Dickinson at (409) 899-8444 extension 7520 or


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

Monday, July 29 - 3 p.m.

Orange Public Library, 220 North 5th Street, Orange


Tuesday, July 30 - 2 p.m.

South East Texas Regional Planning Commission, 2210 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont


Wednesday, July 31 - 6 p.m.

Port Arthur Public Library, 4615 9th Avenue, Port Arthur