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Joplin residents encouraged to share opinions on transit system

If you could make public transportation in Joplin faster and better, what changes would you make to the existing public transit system?

The City of Joplin has developed a series of improvement recommendations as part of the Joplin Transit Service Analysis. Citizens can view and comment on them online through Sunday, Sept. 15.

The recommendations build on the results of the March Stakeholder Meetings and May Transit Visioning Sessions and were shared with the public via mobile meetings and a public open house in late August.

Anyone with an interest in the community’s transit system is encouraged to share their opinions about the recommendations. Later this fall, the analysis team will combine the gathered feedback with technical analysis to develop refined recommendations for a series of short-, medium-, and long-term improvements. All will address costs and financial resources. Final recommendations will be shared with the public near the end of 2019.

BACKGROUND

The Joplin Transit Service Analysis is a complete review of our bus system. It considers trends, emerging needs, what generates a transit trip, and much more. Specifically, we will analyze existing and future ridership, develop service plans, examine funding sources, and analyze the City’s ability to compete for funds available at the state and local levels.

The effort will result in a descriptive path forward for transitioning from current service to new or revised service. It will also guide and inform the City’s future long-range transportation plans and prioritize transit system changes and investments.

The City is conducting the transit service analysis to ensure that the bus system provides efficient service and meets the needs of community members. Today, Sunshine Lamp Trolley provides three routes: Red, Blue, and Green. Riders may get on and off at designated bus stops along the routes. They also have the option of scheduling a “deviated” pick-up or drop-off at a location within ¾-mile from the trolley route. Deviated stops can be scheduled with at least one-hour advanced notice.

The Metropolitan Area Public Transit System (MAPS) works with the trolley, providing curb-to-curb bus service on a pre-scheduled basis to residents of the greater Joplin metropolitan area. Residents schedule rides to pick them up from and take them to any destination within the MAPS operating boundaries. MAPS service is available for Carterville, Duenweg, Joplin, Oronogo, Webb City, and adjacent rural areas.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please contact Robert Lolley, MAPS/Transit Coordinator, City of Joplin, at 417-625-4793 or rlolley@joplinmo.org for more information about the Joplin Transit Service Analysis. Comment on the project via social media with our hashtag: #JoplinTransit.

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