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Planning organization to hold public meetings

October 14, 2003

The Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization will host three public information meetings this week to explain transportation goals to residents and to seek public input.

All three meetings will cover the same information, according to Jackie Barton of MaryMeans & Associates, of Alexandria, Va.

The meetings will be held:

  • Today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Jefferson High School on Flowing Springs Road, Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.

  • Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the library/media center of Martinsburg High School, 701 S. Queen St., Martinsburg, W.Va.

  • Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of South Hagerstown High School, 1101 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown.


Last fall, the Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization launched a 24-month planning process to develop a long-range transportation plan for the three-county region of Washington County in Maryland, and Berkeley and Jefferson counties in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

According to a news release issued by the planning organization, residential and business development have grown by an unprecedented rate over the past five years, putting increased demands on the region's transportation network.

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This week's meetings are the first of four rounds of public information meetings that will be held during the planning process, the news release said. The discussions from this week's meetings will help frame the goals and objectives for the long-range plan.

At future meetings, the consultant team will present information on current levels of service, opportunities and challenges to meet transportation needs, and a balanced plan to meet the long-range transportation needs of the region.

Public comments are welcomed at the meetings or may be submitted in writing to HEPTRANS Study, c/o Mary Means & Associates, 814 King St., Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314.

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