Public input sought on county’s first multi-modal land transportation plan

LIHU‘E — While the traditional transportation plan concentrates mainly on accommodating automobiles, the multi-modal land transportation plan being developed by the County of Kaua‘i focuses on all modes of transportation.

Charlier Associates, Inc., a planning firm that specializes in innovative approaches to improving community mobility, has been hired as the consultant for this project, a county news release states.

Over the next two weeks, residents will have the opportunity to express their opinion about their particular community’s transportation needs as well as island-wide transportation needs, especially public transit, bicycling and walking.

Workshops are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at five locations around the island including:

— Westside: Waimea Neighborhood Center, Tuesday, Aug. 16

— South Shore: Koloa Neighborhood Center, Wednesday, Aug. 17

— Central: Lihu‘e Neighborhood Center, Thursday, Aug. 18

— Eastside: Kapa‘a Neighborhood Center, Tuesday, Aug. 23

— North Shore: Kilauea Neighborhood Center, Wednesday, Aug. 24

The format will be small group discussions centering on commuting to work, getting children to school as well as other aspects of transportation.

The Kaua‘i County Multi-Modal Land Transportation Plan is being coordinated with the state Department of Transportation’s Long Range Land Transportation Plan, which focuses on state highways in all four counties.

The county’s MMLTP is expected to be completed by April 2012, and will be presented to the County Council for approval the following month, the release states.

Light refreshments will be provided at the workshops.

Children’s activities are also planned to enable families to attend, the release states.

A drawing will be held at the end of each workshop, and attendees will have a chance to win passes for The Kaua‘i Bus.

Anyone with special needs requiring an American Sign Language interpreter or an auxiliary aid to participate in any of the workshops should contact the Transportation Agency at 241-6410.

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