Towns conduct citizen public transportation surveys

By Curtis Riggs | November 5, 2008

Included in November water bills
CAREFREE/CAVE CREEK – The two towns will conduct a citizen survey about local access to public transportation in November with the inclusion of survey forms in monthly water bills. Surveys will also be available at both town halls and town websites.

Carefree Town Councilman David Schwan said the towns want to assess the need for transportation alternatives. Dial-a-ride, circulator vans/buses and normal mass transit vans and buses are examples of transportation alternatives available to residents in the two Desert Foothills communities. Flex-stop transportation services, which run on fixed routes and schedules but can deviate to accommodate riders who live just of the routes, are other alternatives. Flex-stop services are types of public transportation, which are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of the communities they serve.

The need for public transportation alternatives was identified in the transportation study completed in Carefree last year.

Schwan is heading up the survey in Carefree and Town Councilman Tom McGuire is in charge of the survey in Cave Creek.

“The Town’s first objective is to understand the needs of citizens who have difficulty providing their own transportation,” Schwan said. “Some citizens have medical or physical conditions that prevent them from operating a vehicle. Other citizens choose to restrict their driving to the local area or to hours of daylight.”