Lawrenceville – After a round of public input and extensive analysis, Gwinnett County and a team of consultants have drafted possible options to expand and improve Gwinnett County’s transit system over the next 30 years. Now, the County is asking the public to weigh in on those options at a series of open house sessions this month around the county.
The spring 2018 outreach effort of the planning initiative, called Connect Gwinnett, will include six public open house sessions through April 25, as well as attendance at multiple community events.
Gwinnett Department of Transportation Director Alan Chapman said that the input gathered during the spring 2018 outreach process will be incorporated into the planning team’s final recommendations to the Board of Commissioners.
“If you have opinions about transit in our community, like what kind we should have and where it should go, now is the time to tell us,” said Gwinnett Department of Transportation Director Alan Chapman. “Gwinnett County is considering making major long-term investments in transit, but we need public input and public support to come up with a system that will ultimately be used and be successful.”
The open house meetings will begin with a presentation but people are invited to drop in at any time. There will be posters outlining the options being considered and staff on hand to answer questions. And there will be exercises for people to rank the options and share their ideas.
The transit team also will be attending events throughout the community and will conduct an online survey, plus a scientific phone survey.
The first phase of public outreach in summer/fall 2017 focused on developing a vision and priorities for the plan, understanding existing conditions, and identifying transit needs and possible alternatives. The team attended nearly 20 community events, conducted a Saturday bus tour to 12 locations across the county, invited stakeholders to seven targeted focus group meetings, and circulated an online and paper survey that was answered by more than 3,600 people.
Through this engagement process and data analysis, the planning team identified future needs and developed strategies and drafted recommendations that balance transit modes in 5-, 10- and 30-year ranges.
The project also will be sharing information via its Facebook page (/ConnectGwinnettTransit) and following plan-related conversations tagged with #ConnectGwinnettTransit.
April 14, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – OneStop Norcross, 5030 Georgia Belle Court, Norcross
April 16, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – George Pierce Park, 55 Buford Highway NE, Suwanee
April 17, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Lilburn City Hall, 340 Main St. NW, Lilburn
April 19, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Dacula Park Activity Building, 2735 Old Auburn Ave., Dacula
April 24, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Snellville City Hall, 2342 Oak Road SW, Snellville
April 25, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, First Floor Atrium, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville
April 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Moving Millennials, Georgia Gwinnett College
April 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Gwinnett County Multicultural Festival, Shorty Howell Park
April 19, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Community Activities, OneStop Centerville
April 20, Begins at 11 a.m. – Earth Day Celebration, Gwinnett Transfer Center
April 21, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Gwinnett Family Fest, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
April 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Art on the Chattahoochee, Jones Bridge Park
April 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Grayson Day, Grayson Community Park
May 12, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Summer Farmers Market, Suwanee Town Center
For more information about the Connect Gwinnett plan, visit the project website at www.ConnectGwinnettTransit.com.