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Group begins work on DOT commuter study recommendations

Traffic travels along Interstate 380 just north of Swisher during the evening rush hour on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in (Liz Martin/The Gazette-KCRG)
Traffic travels along Interstate 380 just north of Swisher during the evening rush hour on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in (Liz Martin/The Gazette-KCRG)

CEDAR RAPIDS — A 13-member steering committee has formed and begun working on recommendations from a monthslong study exploring needs of commuters in the Interstate 380 corridor in Eastern Iowa.

The steering committee is tasked with implementing as many of the study’s recommendation as is feasible, including identifying funding. The study recommended an express bus system between Cedar Rapids, North Liberty, Coralville and Iowa City; expanding van and car pools, and a subscription bus service tailored to a specific location or employer.

The hope is implementing the recommendations will lighten traffic on 380 before plans to replace the I-380/I-80 interchange get underway in 2018.

The group is headed up by East Central Iowa Council of Governments and has met twice. The committee includes representatives from the Iowa Department of Transportation, which commissioned the commuter study at the request of the Iowa Legislature, metropolitan planning organizations, economic development organizations, transit services, University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College.

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