What would you change to transportation around Farmville?
Posted at 5:24 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022
FARMVILLE – How would you change the roads in this region? Do we need more public transport? What about sidewalks and pedestrian areas? Transport affects everyone’s daily life, whether they use it or not. Now residents have the chance to tell leaders how it can be improved in this area.
Residents of Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Prince Edward and Nottoway counties can participate in the community transportation survey by October 3 to voice their voice.
At the end of 2021, Centra Health carried out a study to assess the needs of this region. The four main needs identified were transport, food, mental health and housing. A committee was formed for each and for transportation, the members created a survey to see what and where are the needs in these counties.
“We want to see what needs to be done to close the gaps and the best way to do that is to collect data from the people who are experiencing it,” said Sharon Harrup, president and CEO of Steps Inc., who participates in this project. “Once we have collected the data, we will be able to contact government institutions, the (Virginia) Department of Railroads and Public Transportation, schools, Headstart and others to gain access to vehicles and coordinate to fill this gap.”
Part of the committee is the Commonwealth Regional Council. The council is always looking for different grants and funding to meet the needs of the Commonwealth. Once issues are known, the board can seek grants and use the regular funding it receives from the Virginia Department of Transportation to help address those issues.
What’s in the survey?
The short survey begins with questions to clarify which county residents live in and what transportation they use or need and why.
Residents also have the opportunity to list their concerns about the current transportation system in their county or region. Residents can check off areas that are hard to reach with public transportation like hospitals, schools, restaurants, or family members’ homes. Some of these counties do not have public transit, so the committee knows where the need is.
Even people who don’t use public transport can still voice their concerns, rate the importance they place on public transport in their community, and give feedback on the price they pay for a service. carpooling, such as Uber or paying a friend for the ride.
“There are so many other means of transport that we didn’t have 10 or 15 years ago, so we want to know what people are using,” said Melody Foster, executive director of the Commonwealth Regional Council.
At the end of the survey, participants can include their contact information if they wish to provide more information about their answers. It’s not mandatory, but something to help people share their needs and the committee know how best to meet them.
People can find the survey by emailing [email protected] or calling 434-696-2142 for a hard copy.
What is already in motion?
Even though there is a lot of room for improvement, there is still work currently in progress.
One problem with transportation is traffic and traffic flow. If roads are eventually to have more vehicles on the road with public transit or other solutions created through this survey, current traffic problems must be addressed.
“Locally, the two major transportation projects we applied for this year include the Manor House Turn Lane and Route 692/Route 665 Turn Lane projects,” said Prince Edward County Administrator Doug Stanely.
Another project for Prince Edward is the 3rd Street/460 Ramp project. According to Stanley, this will impact safety and heavy truck traffic downtown.
These projects are just the beginning of improvements to come for those who travel within the eight counties, whether by personal vehicle, carpool or public transit.
“The most important thing is that we need to have as many answers as possible, so that we can have accurate data to apply for grants to improve transportation issues,” Stanley said.
Editor’s note: You can Click here to answer the survey.