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Study Shows Need for Shenandoah Public Transportation

18 December 2018 Shenandoah County News

A study presented at last week’s Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors meeting indicates that public transportation is a need for the county.

The study was conducted after the Shenandoah County Chamber reached out to the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission for assistance on the matter. The NSVRC hired consulting firm KFH Group to begin the study in September of 2018. Elizabeth Rood, a Senior Transportation Planner with KFH, said Monday that human agency representatives her firm spoke with indicated that public transportation is needed for those who do not drive and can’t afford a car. After receiving 1,100 surveys from the public and 26 from employers from early October of this year to mid November, the firm identified the Route 11 corridor as the highest priority for public transportation needs.

KFH Group also concluded that the primary focus points of any project should be for job access and for seniors and people with disabilities.  KFH group and the NSVRC are planning to return to the Board of Supervisor in a few months; they’ll brief them then on potential public transit models, and cost estimates for future projects.

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