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May 6, 2021, 8:09 AM

Provide input on the Lawrence-Douglas County Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Plan Update.

What is Intelligent Transportation System or ITS? In general, Intelligent Transportation System includes detection systems and cameras for monitoring traffic conditions on roadways, dynamic message signs to provide real time travel information, vehicle location systems to track transit and emergency services vehicles, and a host of other technological elements and agency coordination processes. 

  • The Intelligent Transportation System Plan can improve your daily travel by implementing technology to reduce stops and delays at intersections and improve travel time.
  • Implementing the Intelligent Transportation System Plan provides greater efficiency for operations, examples include emergency services, work zone safety, and parking management.
  • Your input on the draft Plan will craft the final Plan.

Give feedback on content in the draft plan available at https://lawrenceks.org/mpo/its, Lawrence Public Library, Courthouse County Clerk’s Office, Lawrence City Hall Riverfront - Planning & Development Services Office.

Submit comments between May 6 – May 21.

After the public comment period closes, the plan will go before the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the MPO Policy Board for approval via zoom. If you would like to comment during the meetings, please sign up in advance using the zoom registration information which will be provided on the top of each meeting’s agenda.

For more information go to https://lawrenceks.org/mpo/its.

For questions, contact Ashley Bryers, Transportation Planner, Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization, at (785) 832-3155 or abryers@lawrenceks.org.

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May 6, 2021, 8:06 AM

Review the draft Countywide Bikeway Plan and help shape the future of bicycling in Eudora, Baldwin City, Lecompton, and Unincorporated Douglas County.

  • Implementing the Countywide Bikeway Plan will improve bicycling in Eudora, Baldwin City, Lecompton, and Unincorporated Douglas County.
  • The Plan details an alignment to establish the US Bike Network and the American Discovery Trail, which connects Douglas County to the rest of the United States.
  • Your input on the draft Plan will craft the final Plan.

A separate Lawrence Bikes Plan was completed in August 2019.

Give feedback on content in the draft plan available at https://lawrenceks.org/mpo/bicycle_planning, Lecompton City Hall, Baldwin City Public Library, Eudora City Hall, Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence City Hall Riverfront - Planning & Development Services Office.

Submit comments between May 6 – June 5.

After the public comment period closes, the plan will go before the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the MPO Policy Board for approval via zoom. If you would like to comment during the meetings, please sign up in advance using the zoom registration information which will be provided on the top of each meeting’s agenda.

For more information go to https://lawrenceks.org/mpo/bicycle_planning.

For questions, contact Jessica Mortinger, Transportation Planning Manager, Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization, at (785) 832-3165 or jmortinger@lawrenceks.org.

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October 2, 2020, 2:53 PM

Even if your kids don’t currently walk or bike to school, weigh in on our draft plans to make walking and biking to school in Lawrence, Eudora, and Baldwin City more comfortable. After temporarily pausing the Safe Routes to School planning process in March due to COVID-19, the Lawrence – Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has decided to move Lawrence, Eudora, and Baldwin City Safe Routes to School Plans forward for approval.

In Lawrence and Douglas County, the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is called Be Active Safe Routes. Safe Routes to School is a national program using comprehensive approaches to improving walking and biking for all kids. In addition to improving safety, Be Active Safe Routes benefits communities by reducing traffic congestion and air pollution, increasing the opportunity to be physically active and building community cohesion. The goal of the program is to develop comfortable routes for all and improve the health and well-being of children by encouraging them to safely walk and bicycle to school.

In 2019-2020, the SRTS working group (Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, Lawrence Public Schools, the City of Lawrence, Lawrence-Douglas County MPO, USD 491, City of Eudora, USD 348, and City of Baldwin City) conducted a 15-month planning process to develop citywide SRTS plans. Through parent surveys, travel tallies, and mobile meetings, the SRTS working group developed mapped routes and strategies to make it easier and more comfortable for kids to walk and bike. Each plan contains strategies to construct and maintain comfortable routes to school, to implement traffic control to improve driver behavior,  to evaluate crossing guards placement, and to educate and encourage families to bicycle and walk to school. Before these plans can be approved, we first need to hear from you!

The draft Safe Routes to School Plans will be available for public review online at: https://lawrenceks.org/safe-routes; paper copies are available for review at Lawrence City Hall Riverfront - Planning & Development Services Office (1 Riverfront Plaza, Suite 320) from 8 am to 4 pm, Baldwin City Public Library, Eudora City Hall, and Lawrence Public Library.

How YOU can help

  • October 2 – October 19: Take our quick survey providing public comment at http://lawrenceks.org/mpo/tellus
  • Mail public comments to Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Office, PO Box 708, Lawrence, KS 66044-0708

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May 15, 2019, 8:23 AM

The Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is releasing a draft Lawrence Bikeway Plan called Lawrence Bikes. The plan was developed after two phases of public engagement beginning in June 2018 and October 2018. The MPO Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) guided the development of the plan. The public comment period is May 15 to June 14, 2019. Following the public comment period, input will be reviewed and the draft plan will be considered for approval by the MPO BAC, MPO Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and the MPO Policy Board. Also the Lawrence Transportation Commission and Lawrence City Commission will review and consider accepting the plan. The Lawrence Bikes draft document can be viewed at the following locations.

  • Online at: https://lawrenceks.org/mpo/bicycle_planning
  • Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization, City Hall Riverfront - Planning and Development Services Office, City Hall Riverfront, 1 Riverfront Plaza, Suite 320
  • Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS 66044

Comments can be submitted in writing via:

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October 15, 2018, 9:47 AM

Through an update to the Countywide Bikeway Plan, the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is working to implement the community’s vision for a low-stress bicycle network throughout Lawrence and Douglas County that is comfortable for all ages. The plan will reconcile various existing bicycle-related plans into a single comprehensive vision for the future of bicycling, laying the foundation for bicycle work over the next five years.

Over the summer of 2018, we asked people about their comfort level when bicycling on various bikeways. However, making our community more bicycle friendly requires more than simply expanding the bicycle network. The E’s of bicycle planning―education, encouragement, enforcement programs, and evaluation tools―are also needed.

Come learn more about the E’s of bicycle planning and share your thoughts about how to make Lawrence more bicycle friendly. There are multiple ways to share your thoughts and ideas:

Attend the Open House:

  • Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., October 25th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

* Open houses/mobile meetings will be held in Eudora, Baldwin City, and Lecompton in the spring.

Participate in the Survey:

Talk to Transportation Planners & Bicycle Advisory Committee Members at Mobile Meetings:

  • Cottin’s Farmers Market - Indoors, 1831 Massachusetts St., November 8th, 4 pm – 6 pm
  • Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane, November 12th, 6 pm – 8 pm

Members of the Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) will be at all of these events. Additional mobile meetings will be posted online as they are scheduled.

* If your group or club is interested in participating but can’t make it to one of our events, contact the MPO to schedule a short presentation about the planning process and we’ll bring surveys.

Questions - contact Jessica Mortinger, Senior Transportation Planner, Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization, at (785) 832-3165 and jmortinger@lawrenceks.org.

Special Accommodations: Please notify the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (L-DC MPO) at (785) 832-3150 at least 72 hours in advance if you require special accommodations to attend this meeting (i.e., qualified interpreter, large print, reader, hearing assistance). We will make every effort to meet reasonable requests.

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June 11, 2018, 3:12 PM

The Lawrence – Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is releasing a revised Public Participation Plan, which serves as a guide to improve the process for involving you in transportation decision making. It recommends methods to engage the public during the regional transportation planning decision making process and states how members of the public can be involved in the transportation planning process. This is a minor update to the plan incorporating procedures and clarifying processes for public input on Transportation 2040 performance measures, Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) amendments/administrative revisions, and future Public Participation Plan amendments.  

The draft plan is available for a 45-day public comment period which starts on June 8, 2018 and will end on July 23, 2018. The draft plan can be accessed at:https://assets.lawrenceks.org/assets/mpo/ppp/PPP-DRAFT.pdf. This Plan will come before the MPO Policy Board for approval on August 16, 2018.

Comment can be submitted in writing to amyers@lawrenceks.org, to Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Office, PO Box 708, Lawrence, KS 66044-0708, or by providing comment in the www.lawrenceks.org/mpo/tellus.

For more information, visit the project web page at www.lawrenceks.org/mpo/public_participation. You can also contact Ashley Myers, Transportation Planner, Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization, at (785) 832-3155 and amyers@lawrenceks.org.  

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June 7, 2018, 11:08 AM

Help make Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin City, Lecompton and Douglas County more bicycle friendly.  We want your input! The Lawrence – Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is updating the Countywide Bikeway Plan. The plan will reconcile the various existing bicycle related plans into one vision for the future of bicycling in Lawrence-Douglas County. Help lay the foundation for work over the next five years to improve bicycling.

Learn about bicycle infrastructure options and share your thoughts. What barriers do we need to overcome to make our region more bicycle friendly? There are multiple ways to provide input: visit an open house, experience a guided on-street bicycle ride, or participate in the survey.

Visit an Open House:

  • Baldwin City Public Library, 800 7th St, Baldwin City, June 12th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, June 14th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Lecompton - Aunt Netters Café, 336 Elmore St, Lecompton, June 15th, 11:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, June 16th, 10:00 – Noon
  • Eudora City Hall, 4 E 7th St, Eudora, June 19th, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Experience a Guided Bicycle Ride:

  • Baldwin City Public Library, 800 7th St, Baldwin City, June 12th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, June 16th, 10:00 – Noon
  • Eudora City Hall, 4 E 7th St, Eudora, June 19th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Participate in the Survey:

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February 2, 2018, 4:32 PM

The Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) officially has begun a 30-day public comment period for the draft Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) Transportation 2040. The plan identifies future needs and makes investment recommendations for all modes of transportation including automobile, public transit, bicycle, pedestrian, etc. This draft plan is the collection of the input from two phases of public engagement conducted throughout 2017. This updated plan is required by federal regulations to ensure funding for future transportation projects in Lawrence and Douglas County. Review and comment on the draft plan now! The official T2040 30-day public comment period begins on February 1, 2018 and will end on March 2, 2018. Comments received on or before March 2, 2018 will be considered for the final document, to be presented to the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board for consideration at their March 15, 2018 regular meeting, 3pm in the Lawrence City Commission Room.

  • The T2040 draft documents can be viewed at the following locations:
    • Online at:  www.lawrenceks.org/mpo/tellus
    • In person at:
      • Lawrence City Hall - Planning Office – 1st Floor Information Window, 6 East 6th Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044
      • Lecompton City Hall, 327 Elmore Street, Lecompton, KS 66050
      • Baldwin City Public Library, 800 7th Street, Baldwin City, KS 66006  
      • Eudora Public Library, 14 East 9th Street, Eudora, KS 66025
      • Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS 66044
  • Comments can be submitted in writing via:

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November 13, 2017, 8:44 AM

The Lawrence – Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) needs your help updating our long range transportation plan - Transportation 2040 (T2040). The plan will identify future needs and make investment recommendations for all modes of transportation including automobile, public transit, bicycle, pedestrian, etc.  

Participate in one of two ways to weigh in on the strategies and projects that will best address the transportation priorities in Lawrence and throughout Douglas County:

Take our 10 minute survey at www.lawrenceks.org/mpo/tellus now through November 27th.

OR

Drop by an Open House:

  • Baldwin City Public Library, 800 7th St, Baldwin City, Nov. 13th, 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Eudora Community Center, 1630 Elm St, Eudora, Nov. 14th, 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, Nov. 16th, 3-5 pm
  • Aunt Netters Café, 336 Elmore St, Lecompton, Nov. 17th, 11-1 pm
  • Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, Nov. 21st, 5-7 pm

Visit www.lawrenceks.org/mpo/t2040-update for more information.

Questions - contact Jessica Mortinger, Senior Transportation Planner, Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization, at (785) 832-3165 and jmortinger@lawrenceks.org.

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February 1, 2017, 9:09 AM

When thinking about the future comprehensive transportation system (roads, bikes, pedestrian paths, transit) within the Lawrence-Douglas County area, give us feedback on what is more important to you?

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