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Tippecanoe County seeking community input to improve transportation services

Tippecanoe County leaders are looking to improve city transportation but they want to hear from you first.

Posted: Nov 17, 2020 6:31 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- Tippecanoe County officials want to hear from you. The Area Plan Commission team is working on improving transportation options but they want to prioritize what's most important to the community.

The county distributed a citizens transportation survey in July. Thanks to almost 600 participants they were able to narrow down the kind of improvements people want to see. Now the second survey is live and they're hoping people continue giving their input.

Every five years, Tippecanoe County leaders take a look at new ways they can improve transportation throughout the community.
Well, it's that time of year again.

"What this plan seeks to do is look out into the future out to 2050," said Tim Stroshine, assistant director of transportation for the Area Plan Commission. 

He said the county is fairly limited on funding, that's why it's crucial they make decisions based on what the people want.

"These changes that we want to implement are going to happen pretty gradually, so it's very important to find the ones that are the most important to the community so we can have those facilities without having to wait until 2050," said Stroshine.

The first survey introduced nine transportation improvement ideas. Surveyors were asked to rank which were the most important to be addressed first. Stroshine found, transportation safety, providing more transportation options, and expanding sidewalks and bike trails were voted the top three most important improvements.

"It shows that our community really has an interest in multimodal travel," said Stroshine. "People really do want to get around in a lot of different ways."

Stroshine said the community is growing significantly.

"Purdue is continuing to grow, they're continuing to have more enrollment as well as we have a lot of job growth so we just have a lot of different people and they need to have ways to get around in our community," said Stroshine.

Stroshine is hoping the busy holiday season doesn't deter people from finishing the second survey.

"It really does help us so I want to make that very clear," said Stroshine.

This second survey will be up until the end of November. From there the results will be reviewed and approved by county leaders.
Take the survey here.

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