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Transit study survey available until April 19

SHERIDAN — A survey aimed at gauging resident sentiments about transportation in Sheridan has been made available to the public until April 19.

The initiative is the first step in a project by the Public Transit Initiative of Sheridan County — an informal group of concerned citizens and organizations looking to improve transit options for area residents.

“It’s really open as far as what we plan to learn,” said Sheridan Senior Center Development Director Rindy West. “(We’re looking) just to see if there might be any solutions to increase the scope and efficiency of transportation in Sheridan County.”

The study group was recently awarded a grant of about $45,000 from the Wyoming Department of Transportation to study existing public transit options and what might be done to improve them.
After receiving several proposals from teams looking to conduct the study, planning and traffic engineering firm LSC Consultants of Colorado Springs was selected to oversee the project.

Despite the study group’s strong ties to the Sheridan Senior Center, organizers said Sheridan residents of all backgrounds stand to gain from improved transportation options.

At the Center for a Vital Community’s recent Study Circles for Poverty initiative, dozens of area residents pointed toward the need for increased access to transit for those living under stressed economic conditions.
Participants argued that by improving the transportation infrastructure of the area, residents struggling to rise out of poverty would have one less hurdle to overcome.

Currently, the Sheridan Mini-Bus provides transit on call to area residents, but study group organizers said mistaken ideas about the service remain persistent.

Most notably, West said many people mistakenly believe that Mini-Bus service is only available to seniors.
Moving forward, the study will likely take into account demographic shifts, existing services and changes in transportation preferences as a means of determining what makes sense for Sheridan in the future.
“We’re pretty confident it’s going to be a great project,” West said.

Residents can submit responses to the survey online at lsccs.com/surveys/sheridan/community.php or in person at the Senior Center.

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