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Survey to determine support and potential ridership from residents

Metroplan announces the launch of the Conway – Little Rock Express Bus Feasibility Study. Residents who travel between Conway and Little Rock are encouraged to participate in a short survey to determine the likelihood of support for implementing an express bus service in central Arkansas. Participants have until the end of October to respond to the survey that can be found on Metroplan.org.

The study was initiated by officials in Faulkner and Pulaski counties who are interested in determining the feasibility of providing an express bus service between the cities of Conway, Little Rock, and North Little Rock.

“Unlike a traditional local bus service that has several stops along the route resulting in a longer travel time, an express bus service is characterized by limited pick-up and drop-off locations emphasizing faster trips,” said Judy Watts, Public Outreach Coordinator for Metroplan.

Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson said, “It is important to continually evaluate transportation infrastructure and options. I think there’s no question that a Conway-Little Rock express bus service will be viable at some point. This study will help us make more informed decisions regarding the timing of such viability. An express bus service would hopefully provide our people with a more affordable transportation alternative while easing congestion, reducing fuel usage, and reducing emissions.”

The results from the feasibility study will incorporate information from census data, commuting patterns, and survey responses. The study will be published by the end of 2013 and will inform municipalities on the potential ridership, operating costs, revenues, and other public benefits from an express bus service. Also included in the study results will be a service plan identifying the best use of transit routes.

The survey begins by telling readers the following information:

“An express bus service is characterized by limited pick-up and drop-off locations emphasizing faster trips, whereas a traditional local bus service has several stops and slower trips. To assess to what extent an express bus service could be utilized between the cities of Conway, Little Rock, and North Little Rock, please answer the following questions. All responses are confidential and will be collected for the “Conway - Little Rock Express Bus Feasibility Study” to help determine if an express bus service would be adequately supported.”

Here are some of the questions survey takers will be asked:

1. During a typical week, how many days do you travel between Conway & Little Rock (and/or North Little Rock) for each of these reasons?

2. What time do you typically commute between Little Rock and Conway?

3. When do motorists take their commute?

4. Do you pick up or drop off children/family members or run other errands during your commute?

5. If an express bus service is established between Conway & Little Rock (and/or North Little Rock) to major destinations and work locations, how likely would you be to use it?

6. If an express bus service is established how often would you use it?

7. What would encourage you to use an express bus service?

8. What are the maximum and minimum amounts you would be willing to pay for a one-way fare?

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