GDOT Looking for Public to Weigh in on Transit Plans
GEORGIA- The Georgia Department of Transportation is working on plans to upgrade the state’s transit programs, according to VALDOSTATODAY.COM. Officials are looking to the public for comments to help shape the Statewide Transit Plan.*
The program is looking into public transit, and officials are hoping to increase access and to come up with ways to make existing plans better and to develop new plans.
The state wants public transit to be available for all Georgians, but 37 counties are not currently serviced. Expanding programs to these areas will only be useful if it meets the specific needs of those locations and helps people commute to and from work.
Identifying the needs of the state will require input from a variety of people.
Studies indicate that public transit is not just a cost-effective way to help people get around, but it also improves road safety. The American Public Transit Association states that cities that have more public transportation have fewer car crashes than cities where people travel primarily in personal vehicles.
For comparison, Boston, one of America’s best cities for public transportation, has a traffic death rate of 2.3 fatalities per 100,000 people. In Birmingham, Alabama, where public transit is not well-developed, the death rate is 18.53 fatalities per 100,000 people. Not only do cities with more transit make travel safer, but these cities tend to be better designed for pedestrians and cyclists, as well.
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