Contributed by The Mat-Su Borough
As you may already know, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has been working on an update to the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The LRTP helps to plan and guide transportation improvements for the next 20 years. This document works to incorporate multiple forms of transportation (driving, walking, bus ridding, carpooling, biking, etc.…) that will improve access and mobility for all those living and traveling within the Borough.
WE NEED YOU:
We need to hear from you! We’ve run the computer traffic models and analyzed a lot of data, but what’s missing is you. We need the human element of transportation to be heard. Help us understand what types of transportation you do or want to use, where transportation should be, and what your greatest transportation needs are. You can do this by visiting our Online Open House and sharing this information with your friends, neighbors, and colleagues. The more people who participate, the better our transportation future will look.
Using the LRTP Online Open House, you can participate just like you would at a typical community meeting, with the added plus: Do it when you want, where you want and how you want. Visit the meeting site at: www.msblrtp2035.com. From this site you will be able to learn more about the LRTP by viewing an informative presentation, make notes and comments about transportation directly on an interactive map and/or take a brief survey about your transportation preferences. All of the feedback received during the Online Open House will be used to help draft the LRTP revision. The Online Open House will be accessible from April 29 to June 15.
Attached for sharing is a poster. Please feel free to post these around your community and share them with others. In addition to sending out this letter and attachments to various groups, a press release was sent to all the local media outlets to help further the message. We are also posting on the Borough’s Facebook page, advertising in the Frontiersmen, pitting posters in key community buildings and buses and doing Public Service Announcements.
We will combine your comments from the Online Open House and feedback from other community meetings with data and traffic models to draft the LRTP revision. Once the draft is complete, we will come back to the public with more extensive outreach efforts. We expect the draft and outreach efforts to start in late summer/early fall of 2016. The purpose of the draft’s outreach campaign is to ensure that the draft encompasses the many voices we heard throughout the project and that we have accurately captured the community’s long term transportation vision. The draft LRTP will do this through text and maps along with goals, recommendations, and actions; steps that assist with the LRTP’s implementation.
To stay involved and get the latest project information visit www.msblrtp2035.com and join the project mailing list. Thank you for helping to share this information and we look forward to hearing from you and the rest of the community as move forward with the LRTP.