Comments sought on transit plan

LEWISBURG - Planning organizations representing the Williamsport area and eight counties in the SEDA-COG region are seeking input on the draft of their 2014 Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan.

The plan includes Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties. It identifies unmet transportation needs across the region and strategies to meet those needs. The plan has been developed through a process which includes representatives from public, private, and non-profit transportation services, human services transportation providers and the general public.

A public comment period concludes Monday, April 14. Comments may be emailed to transprojects@seda-cog.org. They may also be faxed to 570-524-9190 or mailed to SEDA-COG (Attn: Steve Herman), 201 Furnace Road, Lewisburg 17837.

The plan can be viewed on the SEDA-COG and Lycoming County websites: www.seda-cog.org or www.lyco.org. It is also available at the Lycoming County Executive Plaza Building, 330 Pine Street in Williamsport and SEDA-COG's office, 201 Furnace Road, off of Route 15, south of Lewisburg.

The original Public Transit-Human Services plans for the SEDA-COG and Williamsport Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) were adopted in 2007 and updated in 2008. Since then, there have been significant changes in state and federal legislation, and to the overall public transportation landscape. The SEDA-COG and Williamsport MPOs have been collaborating on various transit initiatives and studies in recent years, and decided to develop a joint coordinated plan to address regional needs, use resources more efficiently, and spur further cooperation on transit solutions.