Registration Open to Community Members Interested in Helping to Create Vision for Development Around New City Utilities Transit Center
Following in the footsteps of other major cities across America, Springfield has the opportunity to transform the area around their new City Utilities Transit Center into a vibrant corridor that connects people to products, services, green space and to each other. As part of the Missouri Transportation Association’s (MPTA) 2017 State Conference being held in Springfield, the organization is hosting a workshop dedicated to this topic on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 from 1:30 to 4:45 p.m. at the University Plaza Hotel. Local residents, elected officials, planners and others interested in development around the new Transit Center are invited to attend. Space is limited and the cost is $75 per person. Pre-registration is required and can be completed online at http://mopublictransit.org/2017-mpta-conference-1-day-registration/
The event is being hosted by MPTA and City Utilities of Springfield, and facilitated by Nidhi Gulati, program manager at Emerald Network, an initiative of LivableStreets in Boston, Mass. Gulati manages all aspects of the organization’s vision to have 200 miles of seamless greenways across the Metro Boston area, creating an urban recreation and transportation system that is safe and convenient for all users. She has worked in over 10 states and five countries on community-based placemaking projects and speaks nationally and internationally on the topic.
“We are looking forward to helping the Springfield area realize the opportunity that exists in its backyard,” commented Kimberly Cella, executive director of the Missouri Public Transit Association. “Rather than simply serving as a place to transfer busses, the site and the surrounding area has the potential to become part of a true ‘destination’ where individuals can meet friends for coffee, grab groceries or take time out to relax and unwind. We are excited to have the community weigh-in on all that is possible.”
The upcoming workshop is being sponsored by Olsson & Associates and the Downtown Springfield Association. To learn more about the MPTA and its annual conference, visit www.mopublictransit.org.
Missouri Public Transit Association (MPTA) was established in 1980 as a Missouri non-profit corporation. It was formed to provide a unified voice for public and specialized transportation providers in Missouri and to work toward elevating the status of public transit as a national priority.