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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Public Transportation 'Roundtable' Committee Formed

KMPO hosted a formational meeting of a ‘Public Transportation Roundtable’ committee yesterday. Approximately 25 representatives from transportation agencies, social service agencies, and the public showed up to form a committee
to coordinate all interests that have a role in transportation within Kootenai County.

The group will serve in an advisory capacity to the KMPO, providing recommendations on public transportation services and system improvements. It will have a Chair, Vice Chair, and 3-5 positions for 'citizens-at-large,' but no formal voting structure at this time.

Particular transportation issues were not discussed at this first meeting, it was devoted solely to forming the committee and setting up its' structure. The group will meet quarterly, meaning the next meeting is set for sometime in July. At that time, the group’s responsibilities will be expanded upon and members of the public will be given the opportunity to make presentations or bring requests, questions or inquiries to the group.

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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.