Metropolitan Topeka Planning Organization Asks For Your Input

By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp
By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp

TOPEKA -- Preliminary transportation improvement projects for all modes of travel in the Topeka Metro that are federally funded or regionally significant will be discussed with the public on November 14 in Marvin Auditorium at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (1515 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, Kansas). Exhibits will be on display from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Formal presentations will also be given. The presentations and information on display at each session will be identical.

Public input is essential to the successful development of the Topeka Area Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The Metropolitan Topeka Planning Organization (MTPO) encourages Topeka area residents, businesses, and commuters to share their opinions about the preliminary transportation improvement projects suggested for the area’s transportation system at the November 14 public meeting.

The projects that will be on display are intended to respond to identified transportation problems in the region. Community members who attended the summer community workshop, participated in the fall stakeholder meetings, and/or took the travel and mobility survey (currently available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/topekaarea2040lrtp) have already begun to help the MTPO define some of the transportation issues facing the Topeka area and the projects that could be included in the LRTP. Community members who live and work in the Topeka area should attend the November 14 public meeting to lend their voices to the discussion.

The LRTP guides how federal regionally significant transportation funds are invested within metropolitan Topeka. The MTPO is charged with developing, implementing, and updating the plan every five years through a federally funded process that requires the consideration of eight transportation planning factors: economic vitality, safety, security, accessibility and mobility, environmental protection, multi-modal connectivity, management and operations, and preservation of the existing system.

The existing plan extends to 2034. The update will reach 2040. The final plan will include priority projects as well as corresponding implementation and financial strategies. The MTPO is developing the LRTP update in partnership with the Kansas Department of Transportation and consultants.

Attend the public meeting on November 14th in Marvin Auditorium at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (1515 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, Kansas) from 11:30a.m. to 1:00p.m. or 4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m. to learn more about the transportation improvements proposed as part of the Topeka Area Long Range Transportation Plan Update.

For additional information visit www.topekampo.org and find us on Facebook at Topeka Area Long Range Transportation Plan Update. The public is also invited to take the on-line travel and mobility survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/topekaarea2040lrtp.


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