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Public can give input on updated transportation plan

Gresham is asking for community feedback at a transportation system plan community forum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, in the Springwater Trail Room at Gresham City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

'All of Gresham's residents use the transportation system on a daily basis, whether it's as a driver, a pedestrian, bicyclist, transit user or recipient of goods and services,' said Kelly Niemeyer, Gresham associate transportation planner. 'We want to know what streets work well, what streets could work better and, for example, where do we need better walking connections or bike paths?'

Gresham is updating its transportation system plan, outlining the 20-year vision. It's a plan for all major modes of travel - automobile, bicycle, freight, pedestrian and transit - and considers how each type of travel functions alone and interconnected citywide and beyond.

This is the first update to Gresham's transportation system plan since it was created in 2002. An update is required to make sure the plan and its projects comply with Metro's Regional Transportation Plan.

The plan also will include an inventory of the transportation systems condition, including analysis of traffic volume and identifying areas in need of refinement. The City Council is scheduled to adopt the updated plan in fall 2012.

In addition, citizens can make their concerns and suggestions known through an online survey at surveymonkey.com/s/traveleastmetro.