Transit riders: What works? What doesn't?

County to seek input at meetings in 3 cities

rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.comOctober 30, 2012 

The Merced County Association of Governments is asking for the public's input about public transportation during three public hearings in Atwater, Los Banos and Merced.

"It's an opportunity for transit riders to tell us what's working and what's not working," said MCAG Public Information Officer Lori Flanders. "If we don't hear from them, we won't know if there's an issue that's not being addressed."

Flanders said the feedback from the meetings will be gathered and presented to elected officials to determine if the needs can be met.

The board includes an elected official from each of the six cities and an elected official from each of the five county districts. They meet to discuss problems of regional interest.

Feedback can be about anything related to public transit, including bus scheduling needs.

In the past, many riders requested Sunday bus service and later evening service. Flanders said the MCAG is hoping to implement those changes in late spring or early summer of next year.

The MCAG holds the hearings every year to gather feedback and determine unmet public transportation needs.

Anyone planning to attend will receive free bus service to and from the hearings. Bus service must be arranged 24 hours in advance by calling (209) 384-3111.

Anyone unable to attend the meetings can have their voice heard by contacting Terri Lewis at (209) 723-3153, ext. 318, or at terri.lewis@mcagov.org.


Meetings

ATWATER:

Thursday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m. City Council chamber, 750 Bellevue Road

LOS BANOS:

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m. City Hall, 520 J St.

MERCED:

Thursday, Nov. 15, 6 p.m. City Hall, 678 W. 18th St. Sam Pipes Conference Room

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