Public transportation could be coming to south-central Utah for the first time. Future transportation needs will be determined in a study that is under way by the Six County Association of Governments through the cooperation of the Utah Department of Transportation.

Members of the project team will be meeting with area government agencies and officials, and residents are urged to participate by filling out and returning a questionnaire, according to Paul Morgan, chairman of the AOG board and a Piute County commissioner. The questionnaires deal with employment, how people get to work (walk, bicycle, automobile, etc.), if public transportation has been needed and if there would be a willingness to pay fares, taxes or other methods of support.This study is very important to the Six County Region, said Mt. Pleasant Mayor Chesley Christensen, who is chairman of the Economic Development District and Panoramaland Council. The recommendations will determine what public transportation services, if any, will be provided. Access to medical facilities, access to jobs and other important needs will be determined, and the best way of meeting those needs will be decided.

A meeting has been scheduled Wednesday in Richfield at which the public will get a chance to meet with the transportation study team.

It will be at 4:30 p.m. at the Sevier Valley Applied Technology Center, 145 South 800 West. The Six County Economic District Board and the Panoramaland Council will be at the meeting. Questionnaires to participate in the study will be available.

Morgan also emphasized that the study will center around the feasibility of providing public transportation and said it will involve residents in Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier and Wayne counties. Working with the AOG and UDOT in conducting the study will be the firm of Leigh, Scott & Cleary.

Questionnaires are being published in weekly newspapers and additional information may be obtained by contacting Leone Harwood at the AOG at (435) 896-9222 or using e-mail addressed to ([email protected] A.T. Stodddard at Leigh, Scott & Cleary can also be contacted for information: telephone 1-800-677-1671 or e-mail ([email protected]).

Morgan said a final public meeting will be held in September at which the study team will present and receive comments relative to recommendations that will be presented.