Jefferson Transit opens survey on climate action plan

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson Transit Authority will conduct a survey through June 7 to gather public input regarding its climate action plan.

The transit agency is trying to address climate change by developing a sustainable and resilient transportation system.

The survey can be completed online at www.bit.ly/4cSQrMS.

For those who prefer more traditional input, paper surveys are available at the Haines Place Transit Center, 440 12th St. in Port Townsend; Four Corners Park and Ride, 63 4 Corners Road; and the Quilcene Community Center, 294952 U.S. Highway 101 in Quilcene.

Completed paper surveys can be turned in at the same locations, mailed to Jefferson Transit, Attn: Kelly Graves, 63 4 Corners Rd, Port Townsend, WA 98368 or handed to the driver on any Jefferson Transit bus.

The transit authority began work with Peak Sustainability Group in January to develop a climate action plan by the end of the year.

The plan will guide efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean and efficient transit options throughout Jefferson County and enhance the community’s resilience to climate change impacts.

“Our vision is a future where all Jefferson County community members have access to a low-emissions public transit system that keeps our community thriving and connected while building resilience to climate change impacts,” said Nicole Gauthier, the authority’s general manager. “In this future, transit is not only an option but a natural choice for our community.”

The authority plans to conduct focus groups this summer, open houses and present a draft plan for public review by the fall so a final plan will be complete by December.

Jefferson Transit provides transit in higher-density areas like Port Townsend and the Tri-Area and it provides connections between regional destinations like Forks to Amanda Park or Port Townsend to Sequim, Brinnon and Poulsbo.

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