Public can voice Danville bus stop opinions

Public can voice Danville bus stop opinions

DANVILLE — Danville Mass Transit officials realize that some of the city's busiest bus stops need some improvements. But before they apply for grants, they're seeking the public's opinions on changes they would like to see at stops.

Dick Brazda, director of Danville Mass Transit, said local transportation officials have compiled a list of the city's 50 busiest stops out of the more than 200 in the city and now want the public's suggestions for improvements. Brazda said some stops may need shelters, benches, better lighting or curbs, for example.

To gather public input, DMT is holding an open house from 10 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the community room on the lower level of Danville city hall, 17 W. Main St. Brazda said the public is encouraged to stop in any time during the open house hours and leave their comments.

In addition to holding the open house, local transportation officials will be interviewing bus riders at stops and on buses, Brazda said, to gather more suggestions.

Using grant money from the Federal Transit Administration, DMT is in the process of putting new shelters at stops by the post office on Hazel Street and on Logan Avenue near the Center for Children's Services.

Brazda said DMT would like to apply for more grants through FTA, and the study and public input will help DMT decide in a more organized way what improvements to make and where to make them.

"We're trying to go at it more systematically," Brazda said of prioritizing desired improvements.

Brazda said there may be some limitations. Some stops, he said, simply do not have room for a shelter, so DMT officials will try to blend suggestions of the public with what can actually be done at certain stops.

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