Online survey to gauge residents’ transportation concerns
by Kara Lopp
If you drive, bike or walk in Stallings, town officials want to hear from you.
The town has launched an online survey, available at www.stallingsnc.org, to learn from residents what the area needs to improve safety for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. The project is part of a Comprehensive Transportation Plan between Stallings and Matthews. Each town will contribute $24,000, with Matthews hiring Florida-based Wilbur Smith and Associates to complete the project. The towns will receive $50,000 in funding from the Mecklenburg Union Metropolitan Planning Organization. Neighboring Indian Trail unexpectedly backed out of the plan in March, saying the plan would waste taxpayer money.
About 20 people attended a drop-in public meeting about the plan May 17 at Central Piedmont Community College’s Levine Campus in Matthews. More than 60 people have taken the online survey so far and paper copies are available in Stallings at the town hall, 315 Stallings Road.
A draft plan is expected to be released by November.
According to a press release from the Town of Matthews, the plan will:
• Identify existing travel patterns and transportation network deficiencies;
• Identify bicycling, pedestrian and transit alternatives to private automobile travel and congestion;
• Identify short-term and long-term improvements for roadways and intersections, some of which may be in the capital “reach” of the town to implement; and
• Suggest policies, funding sources and an action plan that will focus on acquiring the resources necessary to implement key recommendations.
To take the online survey, visit www.stallingsnc.org.
State planners need your input, too
The N.C. Department of Transportation also has launched an online survey to help transportation planners know what issues and projects are important to residents.
The survey, available at www.ncdot.gov/performance/reform, will help planners update the Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan which looks ahead 25 to 30 years, according to a press release from the agency.
The plan, being dubbed the 2040 Plan, is expected to be finalized and presented to the N.C. Board of Transportation in the spring of 2012. Paper copies of the survey also can be mailed to residents.
For more information or to request a paper survey, call 1-877-368-4968 (DOT-4YOU). The online survey is available at www.ncdot.gov/performance/reform. Online, residents can sign up to receive e-mail notices about the project and can request an agency representative to make a presentation at a local organization meeting.