Cedar Park to evaluate transit needs throughout city

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Cedar Park is driving forward with a study to evaluate its transit needs in the city.

On Thursday, City Council approved an agreement with Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Inc. for up to $130,000 for the study.

According to city documents, the main goal of the study is to examine the role of public transportation and the use of emerging technologies to efficiently move people in and throughout the city. The study will include evaluating existing and future transit conditions and needs, how to implement and operate various public transit services and how to pay for services, said Diana Vargas, a senior redevelopment manager with the city. The study will also include community and public engagement.

Vargas said the study will consider various transportation elements, from a bus service to pedestrian and bike elements.

“At the conclusion of the study, we will learn what the needs and wants are for the traveling public, we would also be able to identify the types of options that are available, and we will also learn how much each of these will cost,” she said.

Several residents provided feedback to City Council on the study, including resident Mack Marsh. He asked City Council to ensure that the disabled community is an important part of the study.

“As our community ages, as we continue to grow, we have more and more people with disabilities who are active in our community,” he said. “We want to make sure they continue to be active in our community, and transportation is a major, major part of that.”

Two residents also submitted written comments requesting that City Council vote to not spend money on the study, saying taxpayers should not fund the transportation needs of others.

Vargas said she expects the study to last 12-15 months.

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Caitlin covers Cedar Park and Leander city councils and reports on education, transportation, government and business news. She is an alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin. Most recently, Caitlin produced a large-scale investigative project with The Dallas Morning News and led education coverage in the Brazos Valley at The Bryan-College Station Eagle. After interning with Community Impact Newspaper for two summers, she joined the staff as a reporter in 2015.
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