Beginning Tuesday, March 1, Wilsonville’s public transit agency, South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART), is opening an online survey at www.plansmartwilsonville.com that seeks to gather public input from Wilsonville-area residents, employers, employees, commuters and visitors regarding the future of the City’s transit service.
The survey, which remains open throughout March, is part of a SMART initiative to update the City’s Transit Master Plan (TMP) by the end of the year. The purpose of the TMP is to guide SMART’s strategic investments and operations over the next five years and to address the following questions: • How should the City prioritize available transit resources?• What improvements are needed in the next five years?
The update to the TMP will create a plan that responds to the changing needs and conditions in Wilsonville over the next five years. Specifically the plan seeks to address changes such as growth in the community, an aging population, an increase in long-distance commuters and opportunities to advance the state and region's Climate Smart goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The survey is also available to be taken at mobile survey stations that are being placed around town in early March. The first stops for the mobile survey stations are the Wilsonville Public Library and City Hall.
After the survey closes, SMART plans to begin studying the results and drafting service recommendations for the public, transit staff and City leaders to review.
This summer community members are going to be invited to complete a second survey in order to provide feedback on the various transit service alternatives and priorities still under consideration.
This fall SMART plans to release a draft Transit Master Plan for public review and comment and then staff will take the plan to City Council for consideration and potential adoption by the end of the year.
To take the survey, provide input and sign up for updatesabout the Transit Master Plan visit www.plansmartwilsonville.com.
For more information, contact Jen Massa Smith, Program Manager, at 503-682-4523; firstname.lastname@example.org.