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Transportation focus group to hold its first meeting tonight

POSTED: April 18, 2013 12:17 a.m.

A 10-member Gainesville transportation focus group is set to hold the first of four meetings tonight at the Fair Street Neighborhood Center.

The group, which was created to provide public input on the city’s transportation master plan, also is set to meet May 2, June 20 and July 25.

The meetings at the Fair Street Center, 715 Fair St., are open to the public, but they “aren’t really a public venue kind of thing, where the public can come in and (freely) comment,” said Gainesville traffic engineer Dee Taylor.

“That’s really more the community meetings’ design,” he said, addressing the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Technical Coordinating Committee on Wednesday morning.

Community meetings are set for May 8, June 27 and Aug. 1 at the Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St.

They won’t have a formal program.

Instead, they “are designed to be an open-house format, where people can come and go at will,” Taylor said. “It will allow people to comment (to staff) at various stations set up around the room, (and there will be) large maps set up in the middle.”

All the focus group and community meetings are set to start at 5:30 p.m.

Taylor said he believes public input “is the most important part of the study, where the rubber meets the road. That’s where ... we will be hearing from people who sit in traffic every day.”

Gainesville also has a traffic survey online at www.gainesville.org. And it has posted a document describing basic information about the study. Both the survey and document are in English and Spanish.

The goal of the master plan “is to improve connectivity in the city for all types of users, making travel easier, safer and more efficient for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and transit users,” the document states.

The city hired Pond & Co., a Norcross-based engineering firm, last year to serve as the consultant.

The Gainesville City Council appointed the transportation study group at its March 19 meeting.

The study is expected to be done by August.


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