The city of San Marcos will hold a Public Transportation Conference at 6 p.m. May 24 at the Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins, to discuss the creation of an urban transit district in the San Marcos Urbanized Area, which includes the city of Martindale and unincorporated portions of Hays, Caldwell, and Guadalupe Counties.
In March, San Marcos was designated as an “urbanized area” based on the results of the 2010 U.S. Census. That designation affects funding mechanisms for public transit and automatically qualifies San Marcos for federal transit money. However, an urban transit district must be established in order to qualify for state urban transit funds.
“The purpose of this meeting is to provide to representatives of governmental entities within the new San Marcos Urbanized Area with information on creating an urban transit district,” said Laurie Moyer, managing director of transit in San Marcos. “City staff and representatives from the Goodman Corporation, a Texas-based transit consulting firm, will present background information on the 2010 Census and reasons to create the district.”
Representatives from City of San Marcos, Guadalupe County, Hays County, Caldwell County, Martindale, and Texas State University, and stakeholders from the surrounding area will also be invited, including state agencies and regional planning organizations. This is a public meeting to discuss the creation of a transit district in accordance with Chapter 458, Rural and Urban Transit Districts of the Texas Transportation Code.
“We will provide the options and background on urban transit districts and ask the representatives whether or not it should be created,” Moyer said.
If the elected officials agree that an urban transit district should be created, a date for a pubic hearing will be set to gather public input on the boundaries of the transit district and future service needs.
For information, contact Moyer at 512-393-8407.