The Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission is looking ahead to a transportation plan for 2045 when it expects the population in the area to start closing in on a million residents. Part of that overall plan includes a 10-year public transit development plan called Connect Northwest Arkansas.
Ozark Regional Transit is facing a bus driver shortage. The transit authority's executive director says that's because they can't offer competitive wages like other occupations in the region that require a Class B commercial driver's license.
Since losing most of its 20 buses in a fire in January 2017, Ozark Regional Transit has been working to rebuild its fleet. Yesterday, ORT displayed some of its new buses at its Springdale headquarters. Officials say the new fleet will be in the region by August.
The City of Fayetteville released the results of a two-year mobility study this month. The mobility plan, compiled by Nelson Nygaard, includes recommendations for expanding and encouraging more multi-modal transportation to make moving around the city easier for those who need to drive and for those who cannot or would rather not use vehicles. Fayetteville city engineer Chris Brown discusses the study and what it means for the transportation systems in the city.