We Need Your Input! Fond du Lac Transit plans for the future
Fond du Lac Area Transit (FDLAT), with help from the East Central WI Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC) is updating its Transit Development Plan (TDP) to guide the development of the bus system for the next ten years. A TDP takes an in depth look at the transit system operations including: routes, times, policies, demographics and public comment to help define short and long term goals to guide the system into the future. As part of this year and a half effort, a committee was formed to help guide the planning effort. The committee is now at the point where they would like to unveil the recommendations. The recommendations include route alternatives, new start times for some routes and half-hour service for morning and afternoon peak times amongst other recommendations.
Opportunities to view the recommendations and to talk with the consultants will take place at the following community events (feel free to stop by and provide your comments):
- Walleye Weekend, Friday, June 10th at the Waste Management Conservation Station from 5-6pm
- Downtown Fond du Lac Farmer’s Market (Main Street), Wednesday, June 15th from 11am-3pm and on Saturday, June 25th, from 8am-Noon
- FDLAT’s Free Bus Fare Day at the Transfer Zone (corner of Macy and Rees), Wednesday, August 31st from 9am-Noon
Please take the following survey and let us know what you think - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FDL_TDP_Plan
More information is available by contacting FDLAT at 920.322.3650 or ECWRPC at 920.751.4770 (ask for Nick Musson or Kolin Erickson).
Transportation planning is based on a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive (“3-C”) planning process designed to foster involvement by all users of the system, such as the business community, community groups, environmental organizations, freight operators, and the general public, through a proactive public participation process conducted by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) with cooperation from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), transit operators and the local municipalities that make up the MPO area.
On May 1, 2002 , the U.S. Bureau of the Census published the populations of all 453 urbanized areas across the country. Included in that number were 76 new urbanized areas, areas where the urban concentrations of population have reached at least 50,000 since the 2000 census. The smallest of these new urbanized areas, inching over the population threshold, is the Fond du Lac urbanized area with a population 50,058. The Fond du Lac urbanized area is made up of the entire City of Fond du Lac and Village of North Fond du Lac, as well as contiguously developed portions of four towns: Empire, Fond du Lac, Friendship, and Taycheedah.
The designation of the urbanized area comes with some responsibilities. All urbanized areas must be represented by a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the purposes of transportation planning. (East Central currently serves as the MPO for the Oshkosh and Fox Cities urbanized areas.) The Fond du Lac Area MPO was formally designated by the governor late in 2002. The municipalities listed above have worked together with Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, and East Central to develop the organization’s structure, consisting of a MPO policy board made up of representatives from the six communities, Fond du Lac County, FHWA, and WisDOT. The MPO has tapped into the experience of East Central staff to meet the federal transportation planning requirements of the MPO. In many ways, this is a formalization of the relationship that has existed between East Central, the City, Village, and individual towns, for many years. Work efforts center on the development of a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a long range transportation/land use plan, a Public Participation Plan (PPP), and an annual work program to describe each year’s planning efforts and establish a budget for the MPO.