Heartland in Motion area study to look at Pendleton

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Pendleton - A Heartland in Motion Transportation Study, intended to  help government planning agencies understand the importance of mobility, soon will be taking a close look at the Pendleton area.

After the Madison County Council of Governments (MCCOG) announced its plan to initiate a regional transportation study in November, the effort will kick off in the Pendleton area later this month.

MCCOG Transportation Planning Supervisor Robert Wertman said the study will look not only at the roles of traditional motor vehicles, but also at what functions carpooling, biking, walking, and taking transit could play in improving Central Indiana.

“MCCOG is pleased to announce that beginning in February 2014, the full-scale Heartland in Motion Transportation Study will proceed as planned,” Wertman said. “Thousands of residents in the area will receive invitations to participate in this important transportation study sponsored by MCCOG and the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA).”

Wertman said the study will take place during the next few weeks.

“The study will be conducted through mid-March and is essential for collecting information that is necessary for planning and prioritizing improvements to the regional transportation system,” Wertman said.

“It is a chance for citizens within Madison County and significant portions of Hancock and Delaware counties to have an unprecedented impact by communicating their transportation preferences and needs.”

Efforts like the Heartland in Motion Transportation Study rely on data about when, where, how and why people travel throughout the region. This information is used to predict future travel patterns.

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