Transportation meeting examines obvious local deficits

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A number of transportation related subjects were discussed Wednesday evening during the fourth of eight open house meetings statewide this month regarding an Intercity Bus Usage in Nebraska study being conducted by the University of Nebraska Omaha in conjunction with the Nebraska Department of Roads. The intent of the meetings is to gather community input to assess needs in public transit services.

Scottsbluff Mayor and Owner of Valley Ambulance Service Randy Meininger attended the meeting. Meininger told KNEB News even though it wasn't what the meeting was specifically for, the deficit of Denver Coach service and the recent poor performance by Great Lakes Airlines in serving our community were part of the discussion. Meininger recommended they consider a study for our area that was done by United Way a few years back and not "re-create the wheel." Meininger says there are always "nuggets" in every study, but he says we've already been down this road locally.

Scottsbluff/Gering United Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karen Anderson was at the meeting. Anderson says the need to get to Denver from here was discussed with the absence of Denver Coach for shuttle service, no bus service, which is imperative. Anderson said they also shared that we are having problems flying between Scottsbluff and Denver as well. She says those are issues that need to be addressed in our area.

Anderson also brought up the previously mentioned study which had been done by the United Way and the City of Scottsbluff about sharing internally through the Scottsbluff and Gering area. Anderson said that study would be presented to them as well.

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