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Public shut out of transportation decisions

By Mable Granke | Aug 01, 2013

This letter is written in frustration, disappointment and outright anger.

According to the July 26 issue of the Cape Gazette, the composition of the transportation task force has completely walled out the public, and a particular irony, the very organization in its letter to the governor dated May 14, requesting the formation of such a task force.  The Lewes-Rehoboth Association of Churches wrote: "The Route 1 corridor is in desperate need for a task force charged with a specific time frame and set task to address the need for reliable extended bus service and the ability to assure prompt emergency service response. Our lives depend on it." The request was made from the standpoint of two critical issues, public service and public safety.

First, there must be an updated traffic count so any decisions are based on reality. The focus must be broader than the tragic rise in fatalities.  Coordination and shared planning is essential if any significant improvement can be made in both transportation and public safety.

What are the specific plans for the Wright auto site, now called the Lewes Bus Transportation Center in relation to the existing Park & Ride at Route 1 and Shuttle Road and at the major entrance to Rehoboth Beach?

What does the Lewes Bus Transportation Center mean in relation to the City of Lewes? Signalization coordination needs scrutiny.

How will crosswalks be managed in relation to traffic flow?

There is no one solution!  The year-round residents and voters who must travel Route 1 and make it possible for tourism to thrive deserve a voice.

Mable Granke
Rehoboth Beach

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