Twin Falls To Receive Grant For Public Transportation


By KMVT News

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) A new grant in Twin Falls may help you get from point A to point B by 2020.

With the city on the verge of hitting the population mark of fifty thousand by the next census in 2020, it will be designated as an urban area.

Once the city is recognized as an urban area, it has certain responsibilities it has to provide to its citizens.

One of those responsibilities is public transportation.

Twin Falls will be receiving federal funds from the Idaho Department of Transportation next April.

The grant's purpose is to create a master transportation plan.

The Twin Falls grant writer, Mandi Thompson, says there are a lot of questions for the committee to answer.

"We have to look at bus stops and right away issues, and we have to understand where the routes will be. We need to know who is going to be utilizing our public transportation services and how to best meet the needs of the people in the community that need public transportation. There's a lot of planning that goes into it, and so the fact that we're able to start this planning at this point I think will allow us, when the time comes, to literally hit the ground running and be able to get this implemented in a fairly efficient manner," she says.

A transportation consultant will be brought in to identify the best routes and spots for bus stops.

The planning committee will also being using public outreach to determine how they can best serve the community.

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