January 19, 2015
Local Planning Organization Preparing Long Range Transportation Plan
SIMPO seeks public input on long-term transportation priorities
Marion, Illinois – The Southern Illinois Metropolitan Planning Organization (SIMPO) is seeking public input on the development of its Long Range Transportation Plan. The plan will help guide transportation investments for the region over the next twenty-five years.
SIMPO held a series of public meetings in March of last year seeking public input on the state of the existing transportation system in the region, as well as future needs for all modes of transportation including roadways, bicycle/pedestrian travel, public transportation, air, rail, and freight. Looking to build on input gathered at those meetings, SIMPO and representatives from the Lochmueller Group will be holding public meetings on Tuesday, February 3rd at The Pavilion of the City of Marion (1602 Sioux Drive, Marion) and Wednesday, February 4th at the Carbondale Civic Center (200 S. Illinois Ave, Carbondale). Both meetings will run from 5:30 to 7:30.
A Long Range Transportation Plan identifies policies, strategies, and projects for the future; determines traffic demands for the transportation system based on anticipated population growth, business and residential development; traffic forecasts; and provides guidance on capital investments for the operation and maintenance of the existing transportation system along with future improvements and expansions. Participants in the first round of public meetings will be helping to develop the vision for the transportation system of the entire MPO planning region, as well as goals and objectives to achieve that vision.
Project team members are in the process of compiling a demographic profile of the region and updating resources from the Multi-modal Transportation System Assessment, such as the safety analysis and long range traffic volumes. Many tasks remain before all needed technical analyses and input from the public can be formulated into a draft plan.
A second round of meetings is slated for later in the spring at which time the public will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the Draft Long Range Transportation Plan.
For additional information contact Cary Minnis at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 618-997-9351; Greg Smothers, SIMPO Technical Committee Chair at email@example.com or by phone at 618-998-2145; and Julie Peterson, SIMPO Policy Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 618-687-7271.
MEDIA CONTACT: David Goffinet, Lochmueller Group (812) 893-0642, email@example.com