MINOT, N.D. - The Department of Transportation is getting Minot moving in the right direction.
Like many community members, Dawn Olson depends on public transportation to get around.
"I use some form of public transportation everyday of my life," said Dawn Olson, community member.
She says one thing about city transit could be better.
"Hours of operation. Most things in life can can be planned but not everything can be planned," said Olson.
That is why community members, like Olson, attended the Department of Transportation's first public meeting for their new project called ND Moves.
"It's ultimate an issue of how to match up appropriate resources with those needs and desires," said Steve Mullen, NDDOT Planning & Asset Management.
Though putting a dot on a piece of paper may seem silly, it is proving to be an effective way to find out what communities across the state need and want.
"If you don't come, nothing is going to change. You can't whine and complain if you don't put your two cents in. So come," said Olson.
"We're asking people to help us identify what goals and objectives should be. So we're literally getting people's input, dots on these boards over here in terms of what they think the critical issue are for both public transportation and active transportation and their transit system. Basically, what works well, what doesn't work well, what kinds of future desires they have. This is going to be a 20 year plan," said Mullen.
The public event wrapped up around 7 p.m.tonight, but there will be a second round of meetings throughout the state early next year.
You can find out more information about ND Moves on the North Dakota Department of Transportation website.