Iowa DOT seeking input on passenger transportation funding

I received an action alert from 1000 Friends of Iowa about six important public meetings next week:

The Iowa DOT is presenting Iowans with a golden opportunity to encourage sustainable transportation and land-use before April ends. Whether you feel we need more bike-to-work lanes, passenger rail options, or goals to address climate change – this is your chance to be heard. Six meetings are being held across the state to seek the public’s input on transportation needs.  […] The Statewide Passenger Transportation Funding Study is seeking your input to identify gaps between current public transit, carpool/vanpool programs, intercity bus and rail services, and what you and your neighbors believe are transportation needs.  Using the information from these meetings and through other sources, plans will be made to address Iowa’s future transportation plans.

Event details for the meetings in Ames, Atlantic, Ottumwa, Mason City, Cedar Rapids and Cherokee are after the jump.

Please spread the word among Iowans who would like to see more investment in public transportation and alternatives to driving. You don’t have to be an expert to speak or submit written comments at one of these meetings. Just say a few words about where Iowa’s passenger transportation is lacking and why you’d like to see it improved.

Remember, public transit is not just for big city residents. An express bus or vanpool that takes people from a smaller town to work in a nearby larger city saves riders money while reducing oil usage and greenhouse gas emissions. Last year the weekly Cityview profiled Winterset resident Ann Pashek, who uses the Des Moines Area Transit Authority’s Rideshare program. Taking the van to and from Pashek job in Des Moines saves her thousands of dollars a year, and she can use the commute to “complete work or pay bills that would normally detract from valuable family time.”

The public meetings will be held:

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Ames, Iowa

Quality Inn & Starlite Conference Center

2601 East 13th Street

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Atlantic, Iowa

Cass County Community Center

805 West 10th Street

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Ottumwa, Iowa

Bridge View Center

102 Church Street

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Mason City, Iowa

North Iowa Area Council of Governments (NIACOG)

525 6th Street SW

Thursday, April 30, 2009

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Hiawatha City Hall (aka Community Center)

101 Emmons Street

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Cherokee, Iowa

Cherokee Community Center

530 West Bluff Street

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