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Regulation & mandates seen as future "threat" to Citibus

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Citibus has some serious vulnerabilities; the Lubbock city limits will look completely different in 20 years, and there are still three competing ideas for the so-called outer route or "outer loop" in South and West Lubbock.  Lubbock's MPO or Metropolitan Planning Organization is asking local resident's to read its draft version of the 2040 transportation plan.  The MPO is taking public comments.

Issues For Citibus

Much of the Citibus federal & state funding went away when Lubbock's population topped 200,000 people.  City hall has been stuck with the funding shortfall and the combination of more regulations and more unfunded mandates is identified as a "threat" to the system. 

Citibus does not serve newer areas of the city, nor is there money to expand. This is seen in the study as a "weakness."  The only solution identified for several of the challenges is to lobby state and federal lawmakers.

The report is not bashing Citibus, instead saying that it "plays a vital role."  The study also says Citibus is committed to quality, reliable, and safe transportation. 

City Limits Expanding

In the next 20 years or so Wolfforth might be surrounded on all sides by Lubbock.  The MPO cannot predict the expansion of Lubbock precisely but the study does have a map that identifies likely areas of expansion.  The "Metropolitan Area Boundary" also swallows up the Reese Redevelopment Center, and predicts Lubbock will stretch to within a mile or so of the Lynn County border.

3 Possible Routes For Outer Loop

The plan sometimes refers to a new major highway system for Lubbock as an "outer route" and at other times an "outer loop."  Either way, there are three competing ideas on the table and the MPO says the preferred route so far is 130th street from Slaton Highway to County Road 1300 – then north to County Road 6200 turning, then toward the Clovis Highway.

Public hearings have already been held.  The plan says an outer loop could be feasible by the year 2030.  TxDOT is doing a route study that is not yet complete.

Your Opinion Is Welcome

The MPO is holding two public hearing on August 7 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at the Citibus Downtown Transfer Plaza and August 21, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. in Room 103 of City Hall.  Written comments will be accepted through Sunday, August 19. 

The 2040 plan is 101 pages.  The MPO is also taking comments on a "Unified Planning" program, which is 62 pages.

Unified Planning Link: http://www.lubbockmpo.org/pdf/DraftUPWP.pdf

MPO 2040 Plan Link: http://www.lubbockmpo.org/pdf/DraftMTP.pdf

Public Comment Info: http://www.lubbockmpo.org/pdf/publiccommentperiod.pdf

Public Comment Form: http://www.lubbockmpo.org/pdf/publiccommentform.pdf

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