Transit System needs public feedback to modify city bus routes

June 15, 2021 | 12:07 am

Updated June 14, 2021 | 9:59 pm

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Owensboro Transit System is accepting feedback from the community to update its transit system routes for the community. At their Monday workshop, Joel Rey — a representative with a national transit planning firm — said they are trying to provide an interactive experience to learn from the community.

At the workshop, officials asked attendees to look at the current bus routes and help the team visualize where the community needs more accommodations to the routes.

Rey said they are recording demographic information about what is currently in place by talking to stakeholders in the community — like Kentucky Wesleyan and the Diocese of Owensboro among others — during the day and community members during the afternoon.

Rey noted that while he knows how to implement, he doesn’t know the community like those that utilize the systems in place.

Pamela Canary, transit manager, said she’s looking for anything that can raise ridership throughout the city. One rider noted they would like to see a route that connects to the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport. 

As of right now, Canary does not know when the feedback from the study can be implemented throughout the city.

“We’re waiting just to see what comes out of this study,” Canary said. “So, I have no idea, until we see what the end result is of this study and what their recommendations are.”

A second workshop is being held today from 5-7 p.m. at the Owensboro Convention Center in West Ballroom A and is open for people to provide input. If you are unable to attend and would like to participate, you can fill out a digital survey here.

June 15, 2021 | 12:07 am

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