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ALTERNATE MOBILITY 7-14-14 LMS

A local Alternate Mobility Team has been working towards finding resolutions to local transportation needs for several years. The teamís efforts have now reached a milestone according to long time co-coordinator Jo Ann Wolters.

On Monday, July 14, Wolters told the Lemhi County Commissioners that with the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) technical assistance grant award to Lemhi Ride was the most recent step in establishing the credibility and recognition of all the efforts towards making transportation a local priority. The grant awarded was one of four technical assistance grants given nationally as the result of a very competitive grant process. The CTAA will provide a transit professional to assist the Lemhi County Economic Development Association (LCEDA) with planning and implementation of Lemhi Ride, a locally owned and managed transportation system that will begin in April of 2015. The assistant will stay with the project for the next 18 months.

In addition Alternate Mobility has been included as a permanent part of the Lemhi County Transportation Plan, for which Wolters thanked the commissioners. She said that acceptance was the ultimate credibility steppingstone requirement for all present and future state or federal grants.

The pathways and trails planning, another form of transportation, is making great progress. Wolters said that two local representatives, Liz Townley and Max Lohmeyer, travelled to Washington DC in June to accept an award from the Coalition for Recreational Trails. The most awesome trail work award was presented for the work that has been accomplished on the Discovery Hill trails system.

The Trails Committee Trails Feasibility Study has been accepted by the county and a public input meeting in June was very well attended.

Based on the accomplishments, all of which have been assisted by District 6 Mobility Manager Jeff Osgood, Wolters told the commissioners she feels her goal of getting Alternate Mobility firmly off the ground has been done and she will be moving on with other personal and community related projects.

Wolters thanked the commissioners for their assistance over the years and promised she will stay involved with local transportation needs. She said she plans to remain tuned to local transportation needs and will retain the position of District Six, state appointed representative on the Public Transportation Advisory Committee.


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