Residents in a nine-county region can let their transportation concerns and needs be known by taking an online survey offered by SEDA-Council of Governments’ (SEDA-COG) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

Jim Saylor, SEDA-COG’s transportation planning director, said it’s important to hear from all sectors of the community, even if people don’t use public transportation.

“We want to hear from you — how are you affected by transportation services in the central Pennsylvania region? How could services better help you, your family or your business? We especially want to know what you think about gaps in transportation services affecting seniors, minorities, low-income individuals and people with disabilities or with limited English language skills,” Saylor said.

The 10-minute survey will be open through Oct. 29 at https://bit.ly/2MYx9gV.

This survey will help inform the update to the SEDA-COG and Williamsport MPOs’ joint Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan for Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties.

“The coordinated plan guides service providers as they develop solutions at the local level to meet needs. We need to remain aware and in touch with those needs so we can continue to give our local providers the support they need in today’s challenging funding environment,” Saylor said.

Survey questions include how people travel (alone or with others), the type of transportation available to them, whether they use it and why or why not, the reasons for transportation needs such as medical appointments, and more.

In addition to the survey, there will be three public listening sessions around the region this fall, details of which will be publicized in the coming weeks.

SEDA-COG is a regional multi-county development agency, which, under the guidance of a public policy board, provides leadership, expertise and services to communities, businesses, institutions and residents.

SEDA-COG seeks to enhance growth opportunities in an environmentally sensitive manner while retaining the region’s predominantly rural character. The organization is both a direct service provider and a link to other resources that can be applied to a wide range of community and economic needs.

SEDA-COG is also an advocate for the interests of its communities at the state and federal levels.

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