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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact Folakemi Osoba firstname.lastname@example.org 804-481-1793
OR Stephanie Harris email@example.com 804-586-8987
Petersburg Area Transit to Engage Riders
on Transportation Priorities
October 15, 2018
PETERSBURG, VIRGINIA: Petersburg Area Transit (PAT) will accept survey responses from riders and nonriders until October 31, 2018. Surveys will assist PAT in developing its Transportation Development Plan (TDP). All survey entrances will be entered to win a gift card to Wal-Mart. The survey may be found on the City website or by going to https://patsurvey.metroquest.com/. Paper copies may also be obtained at PAT Multi-Model Center 100 W. Washington Street. “Mass Transit is a driving force behind successful economic development in the City of Petersburg. I look forward to hearing from both riders and none riders on how PAT may improve services,” said Aretha R. Ferrell-Benavides, City Manager.
The TDP will identify the need and required resources to enhance
transportation services over the next 10 years. The plan will include an analysis in areas such as financial resources, programming,
capital needs and fee structures. The
plan will also study current bus routes, which have not changed in almost 35
years. “A change in our bus routes is long overdue, transportation must reflect the needs of our residents and businesses. This has certainly changed in the last 30 years,” said Charles Koonce, Jr. Director of Mass Transit.
PAT currently serves residents, businesses and visitors of
Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Richmond and the surrounding counties of
Prince George and Dinwiddie and provides 521,000 fixed route trips and 10,311
paratransit trips yearly. PAT also offers connections to downtown Richmond, McGuire Veteran Medical Center, MCV/VCU Medical Center, Amtrak and the greater United States via Greyhound from the Petersburg Multimodal Station.
The Transportation Development Plan required update is fully funded and developed through the support of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation's allocation of federal Section 5304 public transportation planning funds.