Group to Develop Plan to Guide NWA Public Transit Decisions

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The Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission has announced the firm that will conduct a nearly $300,000 dollar study.

Alliance Transportation Group will develop a 10-year plan to guide public transit decisions in Northwest Arkansas over the next 12 months.

The transit development plan will establish how future federal transit money is split up, which currently allocates 55 percent to Ozark Regional Transit and 45 percent to Razorback Transit.

“We’re gonna develop scenarios so there will be a wide range of options,” said Tim Simon with Alliance Transportation Group. “We’re gonna have an implementation plan because we don’t want to create a plan that just sits on the shelf and doesn’t do anything for your community. It’s gonna be sustainable and phased and scalable, and while it is a regional plan it’s gonna be customized for each of the main communities.”

Jeff Hawkins, executive director at Regional Planning, added “the government passed new regulations, set things out based on performance measures. It’s gotta’ be based on performance where the ridership is where the needs are.”

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