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SUBMITTED REPORT

The Hays County Commissioners Court is seeking public input to develop a countywide, long-range plan that will provide overall policy and direction for future transportation projects.

The plan will focus on improving mobility and accessibility throughout the county, facilitating future growth, and preserving right-of-way for future transportation facilities.

The first of several public meetings will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins Street, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The come-and-go meeting will enable residents to visit one-on-one with county representatives and the planning team members, participate in a survey, and use maps to locate areas of concern in Hays County.

In July 2011, commissioners authorized consultant firm Parsons Brinkerhoff to begin updating the county’s 10-year-old plan, with directions to seek opinions and ideas from municipal governments and the public, and to take into consideration potential growth in the county. The population of Hays County has grown by some 60,000 people since the original plan was developed.

Commissioner have since appointed public members to a Citizens Advisory Group and established a Technical Advisory Group, instructing the two to work closely together to mesh residents’ transportation needs with the realities of transportation design and construction. Commissioners set a cap of $325,000 for the study, all but $50,000 of which was available in the 2011 fiscal year budget.

More information is available at www.co.hays.tx.us/transportationplan.

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One thought on “County seeks public’s vision for transportation plan

  1. I have always supported rail train system to get from point A to point B. I have to work outside of San Marcos as many of my neighbors do. Rail would be beneficial because it would help avoid traffic bottlenecking, my musician customers can go and come to their venue gigs and not risk accidents or unnessary lodging, Women/single parents could get reliable transportation to and from work. We are growing too fast for the cities’ road maintenance/road building, traffic light synchronization, training of traffic patrol and the citizens cannot wait. This is good that the county has vision.

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