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Date:
April 12, 2011
For More Information Contact:
Sara Hartzell, Planning Department, 402-441-6371

Public Asked For Input On Transportation Projects

The public is invited to comment on three packages of future transportation projects for Lincoln and Lancaster County as part of LPlan2040 — the update to the Comprehensive Plan and Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). Open houses are set for next week, and the packages also are now available online at lplan2040.lincoln.ne.gov. Also on the website is a public survey that asks for comments on transportation preferences, specific projects or suggestions.

The City, County and Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization developed the three packages. "The packages are not meant to define the future of transportation for the County, but rather to inspire conversation on transportation," said Sara Hartzell of the Planning Department.

The public is invited to discuss the transportation projects at two open houses Tuesday April 19 on the first floor of the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th St.:

The packages will be presented by the Planning Department, the Public Works and Utilities Department, the Parks and Recreation Department and the County Engineer. Those attending will be able to comment and complete a survey. Those needing special accommodations should contact Hartzell by 4:30 p.m. April 15 at 402-441-7491 or shartzell@lincoln.ne.gov.

The process of developing the LRTP began with a review of projects currently shown in the 2030 Plan. The LPlan 2040 Advisory Committee and other members of the public helped select seven goals, which assisted in formulating the three packages of transportation projects featured online and in the open houses. The goals are:

  1. Maintain the existing transportation system to maximize the value of these assets.
  2. Improve the efficiency, performance and connectivity of a balanced transportation system.
  3. Promote consistency between land use and transportation plans to enhance mobility and accessibility.
  4. Provide a safe and secure transportation system.
  5. Support the economic vitality of the community.
  6. Protect and enhance environmental sustainability, provide opportunities for active lifestyles, and conserve natural and cultural resources.
  7. Maximize the cost effectiveness of transportation.

The LPlan 2040 public engagement process is the first of two opportunities for citizens to participate in City decision-making. In May, the City will release its annual "Taking Charge" budget survey to solicit community views on the upcoming 2011-2012 budget.


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