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Public meetings next week on county's transportation needs

October 30, 2009

Three public meetings will be held next week to gather additional public input on transportation needs in Washington County, county spokesman Norman Bassett said.

LSC Transportation Consultants Inc. is in the process of updating the Transit Development Plan, focusing on public transportation issues, Bassett said in a news release. At next week's meetings, the company will present its third report, which includes its preferred service plan and steps for implementing it, Bassett said.

The schedule is as follows:

o Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2 p.m., in the Boonsboro Library, 401 Potomac St. (Rt. 34), Boonsboro

o Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6 p.m., at Elgin Station, 40 W. Elgin Blvd., Hagerstown.

o Thursday, Nov. 5, 6 p.m., at the Commission on Aging office on the fourth floor of the Aspiring to Serve building, 140 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown.

The purpose of LSC's study is to analyze and recommend route structures and services that will allow the Washington County Commuter to meet the existing and future transportation needs in the county, Bassett said in the release.

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The study also involves analyzing the routes and transportation services for compliance with Title VI environmental justice requirements, which have to do with ensuring minority and low-income populations are not disadvantaged.

The study is funded by the Maryland Transit Administration in conjunction with the Hagerstown-Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization as part of its federally mandated role in the planning of transportation needs along the I-81 corridor, Bassett said.

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