Listening sessions to target local public’s busing concerns

Community members struggling to get from point A to point B may have the chance to voice their concerns.

SEDA-Council of Governments is hosting public “listening sessions” in partnership with Williamsport-area Metropolitan Planning Organizations to hear concerns from people who feel their transportation options are lacking.

“These sessions are an opportunity for residents who do not drive, or who rely on transportation services to discuss service gaps, scheduling issues, delays, reliability, affordability issues and more,” said Jim Saylor, the council’s transportation planning director.

Sessions are scheduled to provide a voice to residents of Lycoming, Clinton, Montour, Northumberland, Union, Snyder and other nearby counties.

“We’re trying to look at things a little more regionally,” said Steve Herman, transportation planner with the council. “These particular listening sessions are targeted more specifically to the transportation-disadvantaged — people who don’t have access to a vehicle or don’t have a drivers license.”

The following meetings are scheduled:

• 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 30, Union-Snyder Community Action Agency, 713 Bridge St., Suite 10, Selinsgrove

• 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 1, River Valley Trade and Transit II, 144 W. Third St.

• 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 5, Geisinger’s Justin Drive Office Building, 35 Justin Drive, Danville

“They’re more open house-style than defined periods of presentations,” so those interested can stop in at anytime during the three-hour slot and stay as long as needed, Herman said.

Those unable to attend who want to voice their opinions can do so via an online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/KPQ58NR by Oct. 29.

“Understanding who is affected — whether it’s seniors, minorities, low-income individuals, people with disabilities, individuals with limited English language skills or even the general public — will help us know who to help and where to start,” Saylor said.

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