POLK COUNTY -- In order to learn about the County’s public transit priorities, Polk County encourages its residents to share their opinions on potential transit options in the form of a survey. The survey will be available from July 25th until August 26th and can be found here.
This survey is part of the data collection effort for a Transit Feasibility Study underway in Polk County. Earlier this year, Polk County teamed up with the West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (WCWRPC) to investigate the demand for public transit in Polk County, and to develop proposals and identify potential funding sources for implementing solutions to meet those needs. WCWRPC has been assisting in solving issues that cross municipal boundaries for over forty years.
The County is pursuing this study because they have heard that investigating the feasibility of transit options is desirable and needed. The major identified issues are residents getting to and from work, patients getting to and from medical care and to pick up prescriptions, and to get to and from the store for getting necessities, for those who don’t have access to their own means of transportation. This study will gather data on the demand from public and businesses for a transit-style system, estimate user rates, understand where this service is most needed in the County, and identify funding sources for possible implementation if proven feasible.
Over the course of the next year, there will be additional ways for residents to engage with Polk County and WCWRPC to share their voice about public transit options in the county. Comments and participation will aid the Transit Feasibility Study determine what options are most important for the area, how it will impact citizens, and what the community needs. Please visit here for more information on these engagement opportunities and general information about the study.
- Mr. Tim Anderson
- Polk County Planner