Sarpy County residents have three opportunities to shape a study that could remake public transportation across Sarpy County.

Researchers with the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency will hold a public hearing at the La Vista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road, Monday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Subsequent public hearings will be held March 7 at the Bellevue Public Schools Support Center Buildings at 2810 Arboretum Drive from 5 to 7 p.m., and on March 31 at The Beanery, 11849 S. 216th St., in Gretna from 9 to 11 a.m.

The $125,000 study is funded primarily by the Nebraska Department of Roads, which is paying $100,000.

The remainder is being paid by the Sarpy County Board and all five Sarpy County cities.

The plan that emerges is designed to guide public transportation policy through 2050 and is expected to consider transportation modes outside the traditional fleet of buses. Suggestions have been made, for example, that a fleet of mini-buses, jointly owned by the cities, might more efficiently respond to the needs of the elderly, the poor and the disabled.

A MAPA press release said Sarpy County residents are encouraged to attend the meetings in order to advocate for the type of transportation they believe would most help them get to work, conduct errands or meet appointments.

Those who cannot attend a meeting may submit written comments via mail or email.

Letters should be sent to the Metropolitan Planning Agency, 2222 Cuming St., Omaha, NE 68102. Emails should be sent to mapa@mapacog.org.

Language assistance and other aids are available by calling 402-444-6866.

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