Jeff City Transport Issues
The final Jefferson City bus ran at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. One of the many recommendations made to the Metropolitan Transportation Organization is to extend the hours and route of the system. The Metropolitan Planning Organization wants to make the commute easier for anyone who takes the bus, drives or even walks through Jefferson City.
"We're putting together a map and list of potential transportation projects to help us plan for the transportation needs of the metropolitan area for the next twenty to thirty years," Director of Planning and Transportation Services Janice McMillan said.
The map shows everything from high traffic areas, to roads that may be harmful to drivers and pedestrians. In May, Jefferson City residents gave the MPO recommendations about transportation improvements.
"The recommendations will include some street projects, they will include transit development for the next twenty years," Long Range Transportation Planner Alan Morrison said. "We'll have some bicycle and pedestrian projects, we will have some aviation and airport improvements."
Of all the recommendations, Morrison says public transit will be the biggest portion of the transportation plan.
"Transit has a large operating expense," Morrison said. "They also have a larger placement cost for vehicles and the vehicle replacement program is a big part of that."
Morrison also says timing is what makes this project the hardest.
"The most difficult aspect is planning so far in the future," he said. "We have to look at a 20-year time frame, and it's really difficult to tell what's going to happen 10 years from now and even five years from now, let alone 20."
The plans recommended to the MPO weren't limited to just Jefferson City.
Some residents recommended a high-speed railway to Columbia, a second Missouri River bridge and even extending the transit system route into Holt Summit.