Technical Advisory Committee Continues Focus on Transit Development Plan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2018
ELKTON, MD. -- The Technical Advisory Committee convened its first meeting on Monday, March 5, 2018, as the next step in the development of Cecil County’s Transit Development Plan (TDP) which kicked off in early November.
The TDP process is intended to build upon the County’s or region’s goals and objectives for transit, review and assess current transit services, identify unmet transit needs and develop an appropriate course of action to address the objectives in the short-range future. The group’s discussion included perceived barriers to transportation growth and the need to support continued economic development in Cecil County.
Will Sutton from KFH Group, a consulting firm specializing in public transportation out of Bethesda, Maryland, provided a comprehensive review of existing services, ridership trends, demographics and land use. In March and April, KFH Group will interview stakeholders and conduct onboard rider and community surveys in conjunction with a "Free Ride Day" planned for April 23rd -- Cecil Transit's unique way of observing Earth Day.
Sutton also highlighted the goals of the plan which include studying existing routes to explore opportunities to optimize service, analyzing opportunities for timed transfers between routes, improving transit amenities for residents, and exploring opportunities for further collaboration with local agencies and businesses.
“The results of the TDP will not only guide services to be more responsive to the current needs of the community but will better position Cecil Transit to proactively plan for future population growth and economic development in Cecil County,” noted Cecil Transit Chief, Suzanne Kalmbacher.
"The TDP takes a collegial approach to assessing county-wide transportation needs and formulating practical strategies to meet those needs. Input gleaned from the Technical Advisory Committee will provide a road map for service and organizational change and/or expansion,” added David Trolio, Director of the Cecil County Department of Community Services.
The Technical Advisory Committee is made up of representatives from the Cecil County Department of Land Use and Development Services, the Cecil County Department of Economic Development, Union Hospital of Cecil County, the Cecil County Department of Social Services, the Wilmington Area Planning Council, the Maryland Transit Administration, local municipalities and elected officials.
The group will meet again in May to review an analysis of community needs and discuss initial alternatives including the advantages and disadvantages of the implementation of each. The TDP will be completed in July of 2018.
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