Mass transit survey in December

By: Special to The Union Times

UNION COUNTY — The people of Union County are being asked to complete a survey on the feasibilty of a local mass transit system.

In a statement released Tuesday, the Catawba Regional Council of Governments announced that the development of the county’s transit feasibility study is now underway. The press release states that this will involve an examination of community transit needs and the next steps for a local transit program.

The announcement states that “Union County received South Carolina State Mass Transit Funds from the South Carolina Department of Transportation to conduct a Transit Feasibility Study.” It further states that “elements of the plan include evaluating transit needs, considering alternatives, and recommending an implementation plan if a transit program is considered viable. Jobs and job-related training transportation and rural public transit opportunities will be reflected in the study along with applicable transit funding possibilities and requirements.”

Residents of Union County are being asked to share their views of the proposed transit system by taking part in a survey being conducted in December.

“Union County residents, business leaders, community partners, and stakeholders engaged in this process to develop a plan for transit,” Union County Supervisor Frank Hart said. “On December 1 while in Union for the Union Christmas Parade, we are asking the public to participate in a brief survey and share their ideas and transit needs.”

The press release states that, during December, Union County residents “may complete a paper survey at the Union County Courthouse, SC Works Union, and the Chamber of Commerce or an online survey by visiting”

It further states that “a Transit Feasibility Study Steering Committee is assisting with the transit study and includes representatives from service agencies, local organizations, businesses, and industries. AECOM Technical Services of SC is developing the Transit Feasibility Study for Union County, which will be complete in 2018.“
Public asked to share ideas about proposal

Special to The Union Times