Input Sought on Future of Transportation in Ames
Post Date:11/01/2019 11:30 AM
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The Ames Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO) has launched Forward 2045, an update to the Ames area’s regional Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), and is seeking community feedback. The public is invited to learn about the planning process and provide input as part of a visioning open house scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, at Ames Public Library’s Farwell T. Brown Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave.
At the open house, attendees will be asked to participate in interactive exercises to help the AAMPO gain a better understanding of the community’s transportation priorities, current and future transportation needs, and how to best address those needs with available transportation funding. Transportation planning helps users of any transportation system move around safely, reliably, and efficiently. Additionally, attendees will be asked to help shape a transportation vision and goals. The open house format will not include a formal presentation.
To create a successful plan, feedback from the community is needed to guide planning efforts and ensure the new plan incorporates transportation strategies and techniques that reflect community values, said MTP Manager Damion Pregitzer. “We want to understand what concerns the Ames community has for transportation today, as well as what the community wants for the future of transportation,” he added.
Feedback from the open house will help the planning organization create a vision and goals to frame Forward 2045. The process includes analyzing transportation data and evaluating alternatives and strategies that reflect the reactions of Ames and Ames-area residents.
Forward 2045 will result in a 25-year prioritized plan that will define how the metropolitan area will manage and operate our multi-modal transportation system, which includes buses, cars, bicycles, and pedestrians. The plan will identify various transportation alternatives and strategies that will improve the Ames transportation system, consider financial constraints, and will then be prioritized based on collected data and community feedback. The AAMPO is committed to implementing a holistic planning process that fosters wider regional inclusion and prosperity, higher standards of living, and connections for people throughout the community.
For more information about Forward 2045, visit www.CityOfAmes.org/forward45
Those unable to attend the visioning open house can participate in an online version of the meeting. From Nov. 17 to Nov. 27, the online version will be posted at amesgisweb.city.ames.ia.us/forward45
The Ames Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is focused on short and long-range transportation planning in the greater Ames area including parts of Story and Boone counties. The AAMPO membership includes the City of Ames, City of Gilbert, Boone County, CyRide, and Story County. The Iowa Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and Iowa State University serve as advisory members.