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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
August 8, 2003

For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Kent Morgan, Planning Department, 441-7491

TASK FORCE TO STUDY ALTERNATIVES TO VEHICLE TRAVEL

Mayor Coleen Seng announced today that she has appointed a Multi-Modal Transportation Task Force to study alternative modes of travel in the Lincoln area. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan calls for the development of a Multi-Modal Transportation Plan to ease projected traffic growth and to serve those citizens with limited or no access to automobiles.

“There is a great deal of interest in creating opportunities for travel other than the use of the automobile,” said Mayor Coleen Seng. “With our extensive trails network and the StarTran public bus system, we already have a good start. The task force will seek public input, and I encourage citizens to become involved in this study.”

Citizens are welcome to attend the task force meetings, and the next one is scheduled for 4 p.m., Tuesday August 12 in room 113 on the first floor of the County-City Building, 555 South 10th Street. The task force will meet at least monthly. Citizens also may submit comments in writing to the City-County Planning Department, 555 South 10th, Lincoln, NE 68508.

This 16-member task force includes City Council members Patte Newman and Terry Werner as well as broad public representation. Other members are Kit Boesch, Nye Bond, Susan Dunn, Duane Eitel, Margaret Hall, Elaine Hammer, Rick Krueger, Marion Malone, Bill McCoy, Tad McDowell, Greg MacLean, Eric Miller, Oscar Rios Pohirieth and Gordon Scholz. The study process is being led by the City-County Planning Department, with support from the City Public Works and Utilities Department and City Parks and Recreation Department. The firm of SRF Consulting Group has been retained to assist in the process.

The study is expected to take about one year. It will result in a series of recommendations for improving the potential use of alternative modes of travel such as traditional and new forms of transit, trails, sidewalks and inter-city commuter rail. The study will also look at ways to enhance land use and development patterns to support a variety of travel modes.

To get input from citizens, the study will use a telephone interview survey, public open houses, personal one-on-one interviews and focus groups. A special study web site also has/will be established. To use the web site, go to the Planning Department site.

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