August 3, 2004 -- Posted at 6:33 p.m. CDT, updated at 7:27 a.m. 8/4/04
"Our plans have to fit a format that they suggest or recommend. We have certain latitudes about how we go about it, and what we want to prioritize, but it's pretty much a federal requirement in order to keep getting federal funding," said Dr. Joe Horsley, Chairperson of JATS and MPO
The Jonesboro Area Transportation Study Metropolitan Planning Organization met Tuesday morning to discuss the priorities and goals for this twenty-year plan. Goals and preparation includes reviewing the community's history, it's strengths and weaknesses, and identifying and listening to what the community wants.
Part of the long-range transportation plan for the area is the completion of a public survey similar to this one. One of the questions on the survey asks the public to rate the transportation system in the area.
"Our job is given the considerations the community says, align our priorities in accordance to that," said Dr. Horsley.
Buses and public transit are a small part of the plan; it also includes land use, and traffic volumes.
One main goal is for all of the transportation outlets to work as one unit.