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MnDOT to conduct public hearings

MANKATO -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation has scheduled public hearings about future needs and priorities for transit investment in Greater Minnesota Jan. 19 at various locations statewide.

The public hearing will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., via videoconference at 15 different MnDOT locations, including the Windom District 7 office. MnDOT representatives and transit officials will be on hand to answer questions about the plan.

People unable to attend the public hearing in person may join from their home computer using Adobe Connect, a free, web-based conferencing tool that allows participants to hear plan presentations and submit comments via phone or Internet in real time. Instructions for accessing the public hearing via Adobe Connect are available at

The Greater Minnesota Transit Investment Plan quantifies future transit need in Greater Minnesota, estimates the cost of providing additional transit service to meet future need and sets priorities for future transit investment. The plan's goal is to reduce unmet transit needs by:

* Documenting the needs of current and potential transit customers.

* Calculating total and unmet transit needs at the county level.

* Building support for transit investment priorities.

A printed copy of the plan is available for review at MnDOT District 7 Windom office at 180 Cottonwood County 26, Windom. To request a copy in an alternative format, call (651) 366-4718, or e-mail