Last summer, I wrote about the Connect Gwinnett: Transit Plan, the County’s first major look at transit since the launch of Gwinnett County Transit in 2001. In the time that has passed, the planning team has been hard at work analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data, information, feedback, and other details to begin to shape draft recommendations for the County’s transit future.
The draft recommendations are organized as short-, mid-, and long-range plans and consider an array of transit modes and technologies to build a sustainable system that will help define the County’s future.
Transit is a hot topic in the region at the moment, with multiple legislative bills and concurrent transit planning studies happening in metro Atlanta. Beyond what the data tells us, what is in a transit bill, or what a group of engineers and planners has designed, I believe that our transit plan needs to be guided by what our community wants from its transit system. That’s why public involvement and input is crucial to the development of this plan. To that end, the planning team is beginning the second phase of public outreach to help refine the draft recommendations. Representatives are planning to attend events around the community, conduct an online survey, facilitate a phone survey, and host public meetings to gather input from Gwinnett residents, employees, and visitors.
More information will be available soon about events in our community and the online survey, so stay tuned. The telephone survey will be rolled out in the coming month. If you receive a call, I hope will take the time to provide your input. I want to thank you in advance for your commitment to improving Gwinnett’s transit system, now and in the future. If you have any questions about the Connect Gwinnett: Transit Plan or opportunities for input, please contact the folks in our Department of Transportation at 770.822.7400.