August 7, 2008

Meredith Hauck, Riverside Coordinator of Communications and External Affairs, 816/741-3993,
Tom Gerend, MARC Assistant Director of Transportation, 816/474-4240,
Jody Ladd Craig, MARC Public Affairs Director, 816/701-8241;

Riverside citizens to help guide proposal for regional transit service on Monday, Aug. 18

The city of Riverside will host a community meeting about public transit on Monday, Aug. 18, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Riverside City Hall, 2950 NW Vivion Road, Riverside, Mo.

Riverside 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 Riverside?

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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