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Janesville transit system wants input

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Marcia Nelesen
July 11, 2012

— Just how important is it for Janesville to have good public transportation?

Residents can offer their opinions on the Janesville Transit System by taking an online survey.

For example, would you ride the bus more if it stopped closer to your home or the fare was cheaper? Would you never ride the bus, regardless of cost or convenience?

Should taxpayers provide free or reduced rates for school children? Should it serve employment centers and the elderly and disabled?

Public response to the survey has been poor, and Dave Mumma, transit director, has extended the deadline to take the survey until Sunday, July 15.

The survey is part of the transit departmentís five-year development plan.

Surveys were distributed on buses in May, and members of a consulting team hired by the city met with various community leaders and organizations that use transit services.

The five-year plan analyzes operations and makes recommendations for improvements. Changes usually have financial impact, so they are coordinated with the annual city budget, which requires council review and approval.

The survey contains both multiple-choice questions and space for respondents to give more detailed answers and explanations.

Questions allow residents to evaluate the current service and asked whether services could be changed to become more efficient and effective and to reduce costs.



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