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Transit Pilot Projects Underway in North Dakota

The Transit Coordination Pilot Projects approved by the 2009 Legislature are being implemented in adjacent areas of the state (see map) with the study conducted by the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center, part of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University.

These pilots will test the possibilities of coordinating the different transit programs to expand travel options for everyone. In North Dakota, where people are far apart and so are their destinations, a half-empty vehicle or one that sits for days out of the week are opportunities to expand services to others.

Beginning activity includes the formation of a Technical Advisory Committee which will provide direction, monitor the study, perform reviews, and maintain control of project direction. The five-member committee includes staff from AARP and county social services. Also formed are Region Steering Committees for each pilot area (see map), including transit providers, mayors, county commissioners, social service directors, senior center directors, and transit drivers.

The Regional Steering Committees will provide local expertise and information on transit issues and opportunities for their communities.

Eight public meetings will be held across the two regions in early July. The organizers will provide information on service benefits of coordination and possible efficiencies that may result. They are also looking for input from citizens on the adequacy of local transit, opportunities for improvement, ideas for coordination partnerships, and possible job functions of the regional coordination administrator.

Individuals who live in the transit pilot areas should give some thought to possible transit partnerships and the ways providers can work together to enhance services, and then make plans to attend a local meeting.

Public Input Meetings

Ft. Yates, July 6 – Tuesday 2 p.m. ,  Sitting Bull College

Beulah, July 7 – Wednesday 2 p.m., Civic Center, 120 7th St. NE

Bismarck, July 8 – Thursday 2 p.m., West River Transit, 3750 E. Rosser Ave.

Napoleon, July 9 – Friday  1 p.m., Reuben’s Restaurant, 305 Main St.

Carrington, July 12 – Monday 1 p.m., Senior Center, 36 10th Ave. S.

Jamestown, July 13 – Tuesday 1 p.m., James River Transit, 502 10th Ave. SE

Edgeley, July 14 – Wednesday 1 p.m., Teddy’s Restaurant, Hwy. 13 & 281

Valley City, July 15 – Thursday 1 p.m., Senior Center, 139 2nd Ave. SE

Check our website (www.aarp.org/nd) for dates and times of the public meetings.

Other Resources

In Brief: Coordinated Transportation Systems

National Center on Senior Transportation (enter a search for “transit coordination”)

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