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Gwinnett Seeks Public Input on County's Transit Future


Gwinnett County is asking the public to weigh in on possible options to expand and improve Gwinnett County’s transit system over the next 30 years. Gwinnett and a team of consultants held a series of open houses sessions around the county in April to share information and get input on the options developed by the Connect Gwinnett planning initiative.

The Connect Gwinnett outreach materials will be available at the May 12 Summer Farmers Market in Suwanee Town Center, but residents don’t have to wait! They can view the open house materials, as well as take the Connect Gwinnett online survey right now.

Gwinnett Department of Transportation Director Alan Chapman said that the input gathered during the spring outreach process will be incorporated into the planning team’s final recommendations to the Board of Commissioners.

“If you have opinions about transit in our community, like what kind we should have and where it should go, now is the time to tell us,” Chapman said. “Gwinnett County is considering making major long-term investments in transit, but we need public input and public support to come up with a system that will ultimately be used and be successful.”

The spring 2018 outreach effort included six public open house sessions, as well as attendance at multiple community events. The outreach materials outline the options being considered. Just as in earlier community events, while at the Suwanee Farmers Market, staff will be on hand to answer questions about the plan and to facilitate activities for residents to rank the options and share their ideas.

The first phase of public outreach in summer/fall 2017 focused on developing a vision and priorities for the plan, understanding existing conditions, and identifying transit needs and possible alternatives. The team attended nearly 20 community events, conducted a Saturday bus tour to 12 locations across the county, invited stakeholders to seven targeted focus group meetings, and circulated an online and paper survey that was answered by more than 3,600 people.

Through this engagement process and data analysis, the planning team identified future needs and developed strategies and drafted recommendations that balance transit modes in 5-, 10- and 30-year ranges.

The project also will be sharing information via its Facebook page (/ConnectGwinnettTransit) and following plan-related conversations tagged with #ConnectGwinnettTransit.

Remaining Community Event
May 12, 8 am to 12 pm – Summer Farmers Market, Suwanee Town Center

For more information about the Connect Gwinnett plan, visit the project website at www.ConnectGwinnettTransit.com.