Whether you drive, bike or take a bus, the Merced County Association of Governments wants to hear from you.
MCAG is seeking public input on the area's long-range Regional Transportation Plan, which looks at all transportation options in the county and funding for improvement projects.
"We'll be sharing the funding outlook and asking for their general thoughts," said Matt Fell, MCAG's planning manager. "Would they like to see more money go to maintenance? Would they like to see more money go to the bus system?"
MCAG will hold four workshops for the public to discuss these topics, Fell said.
MCAG can fund one-third of road maintenance over the next 25 years, Fell said. This includes everything from filling potholes to complete road reconstruction.
MCAG can also fund one-fifth of major roadway improvements, including those to highway 99, Fell said. "We're specifically focused on how to fund all of the improvements that we need in the long term," he noted.
Lori Flanders, public information officer with MCAG, said people attending the workshops will have the opportunity to be heard by decision-makers.
"They can expect to have a voice when it comes to the future of transportation," Flanders said. "We want their feedback on what's most important to them when it comes funding these projects."
MCAG officials also want to know how the county can cut down on the number of cars on the road in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
The effort is prompted by Assembly Bill 32, which passed in 2006, and requires agencies to reduce greenhouse gases by 5 percent by 2020.
"They're living in the community, so we need to know the best ways to get from point A to point B, while still meeting the state-mandated legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," Flanders said.
The MCAG Regional Transportation Plan workshops, which all start at 6 p.m., will be held:
April 8 -- Golden Valley Health Center's Senior & Wellness Center, 857 W. Childs Ave.
April 10 -- Merced Civic Center, Sam Pipes Room, 678 W. 18th St.
April 11 -- Livingston City Council chamber, 1416 C St.
April 15 -- Atwater Community Center, 760 E. Bellevue Road.
Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.