Public input needed on transportation survey

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By Bryan Marshall

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is looking down the road as it plans for the state’s future transportation needs.
KYTC officials are in the initial stages of updating their 20-year long range transportation plan and public input  is needed.

In determining the transportation needs, the updated plan will consider changes in communities, freight movement, financial resources, economic development, rural and urban transportation, the environment and other transportation issues.
The plan will be a policy guide with goals, objectives and strategies to address the core transportation opportunities and challenges facing the state.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has designed and will widely distribute a confidential public survey to gauge the transportation expectations of all those who travel the state as part of the planning process.
The “Your Turn” survey will until Feb. 25 and includes 19 questions concerning demographics, transportation needs and desires and funding options.

 “The most important element of the planning process is the conversation with the community,” said Nancy Wood, public information officer for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 Office. “This survey initiates that conversation across the state. What the planners will learn from the conversation will be utilized in the drafting of the vision of the state’s transportation system in 2035 and the goals and objectives that will frame what work needs to be done to achieve that vision.”

Once the survey period is complete, the responses will be tabulated and analyzed with the results of the survey shared with the members of the long range plan team, a statewide stakeholder group and the public.  

The information, along with an analysis of the existing conditions of all modes of transportation in the state, will be used to develop a draft plan expected to be released for public review and comment by late fall of 2013. The desired completion date for the plan is early 2014.

A link to the “Your Turn” survey and other transportation information can be found by visiting www.transportation.ky.gov and clicking on the “Your Turn” survey link. The survey also can be accessed directly at yourturn.transportation.ky.gov.
This direct link will also provide compiled survey results in late 2013, as well as other information throughout the update of the plan.
Paper surveys are available at KYTC highway district offices, Area Development District offices, Metropolitan Planning Organization offices and the Transportation Cabinet Office Building, 200 Mero St., Frankfort
For more information or to request a survey, call (502) 564-3419 weekdays from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.