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Apply to advise LTD on community outreach

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Jameson Auten explained that the council is part of "a community assessment on how we do outreach, how we bring in data, turn that into information for decision-making, and then how we report back on how projects have gone to the community."

from Pat Walsh, Lane Transit District, and staff reports

LTD is accepting applications to serve on a newly-established “community steering council” until Aug. 1, 2023.

Community members on the council are asked to provide input, advice, and recommendations to LTD leadership and staff about the development of a “community outreach framework.”

The framework will serve as a foundational guide for how LTD works alongside the public moving forward on initiatives to improve transportation and quality of life.

The council will hold six meetings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. between Sept. 13 and Nov. 29, 2023.

The meetings at LTD’s Glenwood administrative office, 3500 E. 17th Ave., are scheduled for Sept. 13, Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, and Nov. 29.

To decrease barriers to participation, council members will receive a stipend for each meeting attended.

Working together, LTD and the community will reimagine a transportation system that is more connected, sustainable, innovative, and equitable — and one that is built on trust, respect, and integrity through thoughtful collaboration.

LTD CEO Jameson Auten pledged to the Santa Clara Community Organization in March that LTD would “deliver on a level of accountability, a level of outreach, and a level of engagement that I’m not sure you may have seen in the past.”

He explained at that time that LTD was kicking off “a community assessment on how we do outreach, how we bring in data, turn that into information for decision-making, and then how we report back on how projects have gone to the community.”

“We’re going to be doing that along with a steering group that is not LTD employees,” he said. “We’re going to have an external steering group lead that, and we’re going to have LTD employees serve as a resource for that effort so that we can look at what best practices outreach actually looks like, if there is such a thing, and if there is, have it right here in the Eugene – Springfield area.”

LTD promoted the IAP2 public participation framework, at a Nov. 3, 2021 work session. However, neighborhood leaders said LTD did not meet requirements of the lowest level of that model, “Inform,” on its Transit Tomorrow and MovingAhead projects.

The community steering council is part of a greater community outreach and communications assessment that LTD is currently undertaking.

The application for the council includes the following questions:

  • Do you represent any organization(s)? If yes, please briefly describe. (250 characters)
  • Which best describes you? Student; resident; business owner, employer or employee; other
  • Have you used any of LTD’s services before? Yes; No
  • Do you currently ride? If yes, how often do you ride? (250 characters)
  • Why are you interested in serving on the CSC? (500 characters)

For more information on LTD’s community outreach and communications assessment, visit LTD.org/COCA and apply online.

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