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CBJ exploring Juneau Transit Plan updates

Posted: October 25, 2013 - 12:10am

Six months of research and analysis will come to a head Monday when three potential updates to the Juneau Transit Plan are revealed at a special Assembly meeting.

The Juneau Assembly will be joined by the Planning Commission in the City Hall chambers for a presentation by consultants from Nelson/Nygard Consulting Associates about possible updates to the Juneau plan, according to a news release.

The updates are being unveiled for public review and comment, and one of them will be selected in November for implementation.

Two of the scenarios would not cost the city any additional money, while the third plan would increase costs by 10 to 15 percent.

The study identifies problems with the current system as overcrowding on some routes, missed connections at times, areas with too much or too little service based on demand and the express route not reaching the Downtown Transportation Center, the release stated.

Every plan has detailed strengths and weaknesses. Among weaknesses notes for all three plans was that none resolve the overcrowding issues or provide room for the system to grow in the future.

Public input will be taken at two community meetings on the issue. The first will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Valley Library; the second will be the same time Wednesday at the Downtown Library.

Input is also encouraged online at www.juneautransitplan.org, where the three plans are available under the “Downloads” tab.

• Contact reporter Matt Woolbright at 523-2243 or at matthew.woolbright@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter @reportermatt.

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