Bismarck Mandan transit development plan

BISMARCK, N.D. - Tuesday night was the first of a series of public meetings about the next five years of public transit in the Bismarck Mandan area. Public transportation, for many it's a necessity if they don't have their own way of going from place to place.

It's all about getting input to see how the community thinks they could be better served by the busing system.

A new plan for Bismarck Mandan’s public transportation system. Officials started collecting input on how the public thinks it could be better served, from routes and timing to maintenance and how money is spent.

“We look at all parts of transit not just the pieces that service the public but also the pieces that help work the inside,” Rachel Drewlow, with the Bismarck Mandan Metropolitan Planning Organization said.

The meeting was sparsely attended, as officials talked about how they plan to have a draft plan ready by the end of the year. Ultimately though, BisMan Transit decides what they will implement. But, Drewlow says getting the feedback from the community allows them to see what is needed.

“We want to know what people think is working well, what they'd like to see change in the future and that can help us as we start to develop ideas for future changes,” Drewlow said.

There will be two more meetings, one at 10:30 Wednesday morning at the Bismarck library. And one on Thursday at 5 p.m. in Bismarck at the city-county building.

There will be more public input meetings in the fall.

If you'd like to submit feedback online, do so at transitplanbisman.com.