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Monday, April 7, 2008

KMPO Forming Public Transportation 'Roundtable'

KMPO is holding a formational meeting tomorrow (April 8) of a 'Public Transportation Roundtable.' The group will serve in an advisory capacity to the KMPO, providing recommendations on public transportation services and system improvements.

The meeting is from 2-4 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Street. Members of transit providers, social service agencies, and other agencies involved with public transportation in Kootenai County will form this new committee with the intent of coordinating service, improving access to information for customers, exploring creative ways to maximize available funding, and advising the KMPO Board on policies and funding priorities for public transportation.

Members of the public may attend, but public comment will not be taken at this initial meeting. Subsequent meetings of the committee will provide an opportunity for public comment related to public transportation issues.

Before the meeting, we'd like to know what improvements you would like to see in the arena of public transportation.

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

KMPO's Board of Directors oversees KMPO for Kootenai County, ID. KMPO's Executive Director and Staff are responsible for day-to-day operational and administrative needs.