BEND, OR -- City officials hope to get feedback Monday on Bend's transportation options. Nick Arnis says it's the first phase of updating the city's Transportation System Plan (TSP), "This is our first public event, our first open house and this is a really good time for people to tell us now; take a look at what we're doing, and tell us what they think they're experiencing out on the system - what's their daily life like with the transportation in Bend?"
Arnis says Bend is a great place with a high quality of life, and an updated transportation plan will make it even better, "We would like to talk about the draft goals we've been working on, and ground-truth those and make sure they resonate with people. We'd like to gather some input on the transportation needs in the community. So, what's important to you? How do you experience the system? And then we'll introduce some of the funding issues, what people would like to have done on the system, and then how do we possibly pay for those ideas." He tells KBND News it's important to remember there is a budget to follow, "Every time we talk about funding, it's a matter of how much funding, for what, and what do you get for it? I think that's really important for people to know." He says, "We've got a bunch of really good ideas from the public, so how much do you want to fund those, and how do you want to fund them?"
This first open house is Monday at 6 p.m. at the Bend Park and Recreation District office on Columbia. Those unable to attend can submit feedback and ideas online
, starting Monday, through July sixth.