Casper MPO to launch transit study
CASPER, Wyo. (Release) - In the coming days, five thousand (5,000) households throughout the Casper area will receive an invitation to a short online survey designated to gauge residents' perceptions and attitudes regarding the community’s public transit service.
“Casper, Evansville, and Mills have jointly funded a local transit service for nearly 30 years,” stated Jeremy Yates, Supervisor of the Casper Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). “Across the years both The Bus and CATC have attracted a dedicated ridership. And while the MPO and its member entities have made adjustments to the service, we decided it was time to undertake a more strategic, objective assessment of service performance as well as future growth opportunities,” Yates noted. To assist the MPO in its preparation of a FiveYear Transit Strategic Development Plan, the MPO selected Moore & Associates, a transit specialty-consulting firm with experience across the nation. The project will include a variety of public participation opportunities to include surveys, an interactive project webpage, discussions with community stakeholders, and community workshops. The project, approved by the Casper City Council in October, should last approximately six months.
Historically, the MPO has contracted with the Casper Area Transportation Coalition (CATC) a local non-profit organization as its transit operator. While the City owns the vehicles, CATC provides day-to-day operation of both The Bus fixed-route service and CATC’s door-to-door transportation program. While The Bus is open to the general-public, individuals wishing to use CATC’s door-to-door service must register in advance by calling (307) 265-1313.
In addition to the household survey, Moore & Associates expects to conduct surveys of both The Bus and CATC door-to-door customers. The information collected through these activities will assist the MPO and its project partners in developing a current picture of where and how transit riders are using the service, as well as help identify future service For Immediate Release development opportunities. According to John Jones, CATC Executive Director, approximately 500 CATC customers will soon receive a short survey in the mail. The survey packet includes a postage-paid envelope to return the survey. “The survey is a valuable opportunity for our customers to share their opinions and ideas. I’d like to encourage everyone who receives a survey to complete and return it promptly,” Jones shared.
The MPO and its consultant have also created a project webpage (CasperTransitPlan.com) which will be updated frequently throughout the project span. The website, which will track project progress, also includes a mechanism for public comment and questions. Details regarding future public participation opportunities will also be posted on the page.
“We hope every resident in Casper, Evansville, and Mills will take a few moments to complete the survey (CasperTransitSurvey.com), and in doing so share their ideas, comments, and questions. The cornerstone goal of the Five-Year Transit Plan is to identify practical, costeffective opportunities for enhancing the community’s public transit service,” concluded Yates.
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