Cape Girardeau citizens invited to complete transportation survey

Several people attended the transportation conversation on Oct. 20 at the Shawnee Park Center. (Source: United Way of Southeast Missouri)
Several people attended the transportation conversation on Oct. 20 at the Shawnee Park Center. (Source: United Way of Southeast Missouri)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Citizens of Cape Girardeau are invited to complete a survey to help the newly formed Transportation Coalition to help determine needs and solutions surrounding transportation in Cape Girardeau County.

Transportation was identified as a barrier to all three of United Way’s focus areas – education, income stability and health among employers, employees and people served by the United Way, according to UWSEMO Executive Director Elizabeth Shelton.

Led by United Way of Southeast Missouri (UWSEMO), members of the Transportation Coalition hope to learn more about how the community uses transportation, what causes transportation to be a challenge, and how the group can work collectively to make improvements.

The coalition is focusing first on needs in Cape Girardeau where there is greater demand. The Cape Girardeau Transit Authority (CTA) currently provides bus service.

After successful solutions have been implemented in Cape Girardeau, United Way will explore their viability with interested leaders in other communities served by United Way of Southeast Missouri.

A community meeting held on October 20 at the Shawnee Park Center was one of several planned information-gathering sessions. Community members, service agencies, and anyone who uses public transportation, or serves those who do,
were asked to provide information and propose solutions to the area’s transportation needs.

The group also surveyed community members at Project Hope in October to collect additional qualitative data.

To collect quantitative data, the coalition asks all Cape Girardeau citizens, whether utilizing public transportation or not, to complete a brief survey to help guide the group’s efforts.

A link to an online survey and a survey to print can be found at unitedwayofsemo.org/transportation-coalition/.

Paper surveys can be found at the offices of UWSEMO, CTA, Community Partnership of Southeast Missouri, City of Cape
Water Office, The Salvation Army, Shawnee Park Center, East Missouri Action Agency, and more locations to be added.

Completed surveys may be mailed or dropped off at United Way at 1417D N. Mount Auburn Rd, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.

Anyone wanting to join the coalition who has transportation experience or serves those who struggle with it can call United Way at 573-334-9634.

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