Several interesting items came up at a recent OKI Board of Directors meeting I attended (representing Springdale.) If you aren’t familiar OKI is council of local governments, business organizations and community groups that work together to develop collaborative strategies related transportation, jobs, and public works. More practically, OKI approves ~$40 Million in funding for projects in the region.
Three items of note:
The Regional Government group is looking for public input with a 10 question online survey related to smart cars and autonomous vehicles. The survey can be found here (or through the link on OKI front page. This survey will help the regional transportation planning group better plan and prioritize infrastructure projects. It only takes a few minutes and the data really is used to influence projects.
The second item of the gas tax was not a OKI initiative but is related to so many projects it is worth mentioning. The State reached an agreement on the gas tax which will flow millions to local badly needed infrastructure project in our county. Also noteworthy is it adds a new State fee of $200 / $100 for Electric / Hybrid vehicles to reflect their use of public infrastructure that is typically funded with gas tax (which they largely sidestep).
Finally, OKI deployed a very interesting tool to better understand job centers, drive time (public and private) for areas around the region. Using employment data and transportation data they created a tool to see where local ‘job hubs’ really are and travel times (private and public) to get there. A very useful tool for regional planning!