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Heyer to lead mobility advisory board Additional members sought for advisory board

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For more information, contact
Holly Kreienkamp at (573) 265-2993

Cutline: Amy Heyer (left) was appointed chair of the Mobility Management Plan Advisory Group during the Nov. 17 meeting at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) lead by MRPC staff member and Mobility Manager Holly Kreienkamp (right). The mobility management program is funded by the Missouri Department of Transportation to help provide better and expanded access to transit for residents in the Meramec Region.

ST. JAMES, MO— Amy Heyer, admissions representative for Metro Business College, Rolla, was elected to serve as the first chairperson of the Mobility Management Plan Advisory Group during a Nov. 17 meeting, held at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), 4 Industrial Drive, St. James. The group met to finalize bylaws, elect a chairperson and continue to identify transit options in the Meramec Region.

The advisory board will help MRPC develop a mobility management program to provide better and expanded access to transit for residents in the Meramec Region. MRPC is one of three regional planningcommissions now offering a mobility management program, thanks to funding from the Missouri Department of Transportation’s transit program and the Missouri Development Disabilities Council.

In August, MRPC hired Holly Kreienkamp to head the project, and she has been visiting with local governments, nonprofits and transit providers to gather information on existing services and needs and share information on the program. She also helps folks find rides.

“I have been getting a lot of positive interaction from groups at the presentations,” Kreienkamp said. “Many people identify with the transportation mobility service needs.”

Kreienkamp is available for presentations to groups who are interested in transportation challenges in the region and the new mobility management system.

Transit information for the Meramec Region is now online by county at MoRides.org. Persons with transportation challenges can learn about transportation providers in their county by accessing MoRides.org. Persons without internet access can contact Kreienkamp at 573-265-2993 or by email at hkreienkamp@meramecregion.org.

Advisory board member Susan Steinbeck shared at the meeting that after learning about MoRides.org, she was able to help a person in Cuba find needed transportation. The advisory group considered ways to enhance the website to make it more-user friendly and accessible during the meeting.

The group also learned that Enterprise, the car rental business, offers a van pool program called RideShare by Enterprise. A driver is able to lease a car at an affordable rate to provide rides to fellow workers and all share in the cost of the rental.

The advisory board will meet again on Dec. 15 at MRPC. A vice chairperson will be elected at that meeting.

Kreienkamp continues to develop the board and would like to have at least two representatives from every county in the Meramec Region. If you are interested in being a member of the advisory board, please contact Kreienkamp at 573-265-2993 or by email at hkreienkamp@meramecregion.org.

Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. A professional staff of 24, directed by the MRPC board, offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.

To keep up with the latest MRPC news and events, visit the MRPC website at www.meramecregion.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/meramecregion.