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Fact Sheet; Community Input Requested
Gadsden Etowah Area Metro Planning Organization & Long Range Transportation Plan



Purpose

Update of the Gadsden Etowah Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (GEMPO) 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is underway. The LRTP documents current and future multimodal transportation operations, conditions and needs within the region. Activities will revise the regional travel demand model to 2045 conditions, identify and assess transportation system needs, and develop cost feasible projects to address multimodal needs. A key step in the update is to review the projects and priorities outlined in the existing LRTP to ensure their continued relevance given the most up-to-date conditions and trends in the region. Engaging the publicís help in identifying regional transportation needs and priorities is central to developing a successful plan.

Role of the Public and Stakeholders

The participation of stakeholders and the public at large is key to developing an effective plan that will meet the needs of the community now and into the future. Outreach and feedback are important throughout the process. The LRTP update will rely on the existing GEMPO committee structure and membership, including the Policy Committee, Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), and Citizenís Advisory Committee (CAC).  In addition to regularly scheduled committee meetings with stakeholders, the public has an ongoing opportunity to engage in the process, learning more and providing input as plan development activities progress. Getting Input from the public is especially important at two key milestones in the update process: after the existing conditions and needs assessment is complete, and again after draft recommendations are developed. Coordination with MPO staff, together with use of the City/MPO website to facilitate and extend distribution of study related information, materials and documents, will ensure broad participation is encouraged from all constituents throughout the study area.

Schedule of Activities and Deliverables

Plan development is well underway. Activities to assess current and future conditions and subsequently identify associated deficiencies and improvement needs are ongoing. As these analysis activities continue, stakeholder and public input regarding the regionís transportation problems and priorities is being sought. This information serves as the foundation for the project and policy recommendations to be included in the updated plan. The current schedule of activities anticipates study completion in the first quarter of 2021.  Draft recommendations are expected to be available for review and comment by stakeholders and the public during February2021, with adoption of the final 2045 LRTP update by the end of March 2021.

For More Information

Meinrad Tabengwa, Transportation Director,mtabengwa@cityofgadsden.com, tel 256.549.4519





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