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Monday, February 16, 2009

Another Chance To Say Your Piece

You've got chances to voice your opinion coming out your ears lately! And here's another one:

Public transportation planners with the Idaho Transportation Department will seek mobility ideas from citizens in Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Shoshone and Benewah Counties at a coordination meeting Wednesday, Feb. 18, in Coeur d'Alene.

The effort is part of a statewide initiative for mobility management that emphasizes moving people instead of modes of transportation.

The meeting will be at the AmeriTel Inn, 333 Ironwood Avenue, from 9 a.m. to Noon with an open house to follow from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Citizens, advocacy groups, transportation providers, human service agencies, and local leaders are encouraged to learn more about and take part in the discussion of mobility services for their region.

Topics will include commuter services to Coeur d'Alene, Sandpoint and Spokane; rural park-and-ride lots near bus stations; and improvement of trails and sidewalks to meet American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

The regional meetings will be repeated within 60 days to include bicycle and pedestrian modes. To learn more of the statewide initiative called Idaho's Mobility and Access Pathway (IMAP), call (800) 527-7985.


tjh said...

Any idea what the difference is between the morning meeting and the evening open house? Like, if you could only go to one, which would be more interesting? Which has More opportunity for more meaningful involvement?

KMPO Staff said...

TJH, I went straight to the source and called ITD to find out what the difference between the two sessions is. Apparently there isn't a lot of difference; they are offering two different time slots so that people who can't make it during the day can come in the evening, and vice versa. Also, comments and suggestions received during the morning will be available for review at the evening session. So sounds like you can do whatever is most convenient for you.

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.