SHERIDAN — Advocates of improved public transportation in Sheridan County are set to spend August discussing preliminary transit plans with their respective professional organizations before they reconvene in September and begin working toward implementation.
“We have the right people at the table so far, and we’re looking forward to getting more people involved,” said Carmen Rideout, executive director of the Sheridan Senior Center.
Organized as the Public Transit Initiative of Sheridan County, the informal group was recently awarded a grant of about $45,000 from the Wyoming Department of Transportation to study existing transit infrastructure and what might be done to improve it.
Last winter, LSC Transportation Consultants of Colorado Springs, Colo., was chosen to conduct the study on behalf of the group.
The group met with LSC Principal A.T. Stoddard Thursday to discuss a series of preliminary transit options, including a fixed bus route between Sheridan and Dayton.
If ultimately implemented, the plan would offer morning, midday and evening trips between the two locales.
Public Transit Initiative representatives will meet again in September to consider more concrete details such as funding and route determination.
The Public Transit Initiative is one of several local groups whose activities were jump-started in large part by last year’s Study Circles for Poverty initiative hosted by the Center for a Vital Community at Sheridan College.