August 7, 2008

Tim Truesdale, Raytown Community Development Director, 816/737-6059,
Tom Gerend, MARC Assistant Director of Transportation, 816/474-4240,
Jody Ladd Craig, MARC Public Affairs Director, 816/701-8241;

Raytown citizens to help guide proposal for regional transit service on Thursday, Aug. 14

The city of Raytown will host a community meeting about public transit on Thursday, Aug. 14, from 3-4:30 p.m., at the Kansas City Baptist Temple, 5460 Blue Ridge Cut-off, Raytown, Mo. Bus route: 28 - Blue Ridge.

Raytown is part of an effort to create a proposal for transit service that better connects communities in Clay, Platte and Jackson counties, and gives residents meaningful, sustainable travel choices. The proposal builds on Smart Moves, the region?s transit vision developed by transit agencies, citizen and government input, and the Mid-America Regional Council.

Every day public transit service gives thousands of people in the metro area independence, choice and travel options. It can help ease growing commute costs and traffic congestion, and provides greater access to jobs.

The community meeting will explain the regional planning effort underway and ask residents about priority connections and service costs. What are the city?s transportation needs? How could improved transit service along major corridors benefit Raytown?

More information about the Smart Moves regional public transit proposal and ways to get involved are at Officials hope more citizens will take the online survey to provide input on how planning for regional public transit should move forward.

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