Project gets going to aid rural transit

Cody Schindler, the organization’s transportation planner/bike and pedestrian coordinator, said in an email that the organization partnered with the Western Arkansas Planning and Development District to win a technical assistance grant from the National Association of Development Organizations. This will be used to investigate the feasibility of a “smart” rural transit hub to connect rural communities to larger metropolitan areas and transit providers, such as Fort Smith and Fort Smith Transit…

“What a ‘smart’ rural transit hub generally looks at is how can you take technology such as smartphones, other social media, and develop a program where you can integrate and let people know that there may be services available and get them to the places that they need to go,” Brewer said.

The consultant that will be helping the planning organization and the development district with this grant, Brewer said, is the Western Transportation Institute from Montana State University.