To move towards a comprehensive transit strategy, we need a community-driven road map of implementable improvement strategies. To that end, community engagement and dialogue are essential. The Woodlands Township Transit Plan community engagement strategy fosters the dialogue needed to create this road map through focus group activities, online education and community outreach events. This process supports early and continued participation with a broad range of stakeholders that live, work and play in the area.
Project Management Committee (PMC) Meetings
The Woodlands Township Transit Plan effort is guided by a Project Management Committee. This group of individuals consists of members from The Woodlands Township Board of Directors, H-GAC staff and TxDOT staff. They meet monthly to provide input and guide the technical development of the plan.
Focus Group Meetings
The Woodlands Township Transit Plan engaged a range of stakeholders through focus group discussions. The outcomes of these meetings were twofold. First, they created an understanding of the plan and its vision and encouraged stakeholders to visit the project’s website to complete online preference surveys. Second, these meetings helped to develop an understanding of the range of stakeholder issues and potential options related to transit that informed the development of scenarios and implementation strategies for achieving the vision. During a community workshop held in January of 2014, stakeholders received an overview of the project process, vision and potential outputs and weighed in on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges of potential transit service improvements. A second series of focus groups held May – June of 2014 solicited input from stakeholders about plan scenarios developed to date and specific implementation opportunities that help to achieve the vision.
Community Town Hall Presentation
To share findings with stakeholders, an informational presentation was held at The Woodlands Township Biannual Town Hall meeting on January 22, 2014. The consultant team answered questions and shared information about the project. An overview of the study, schedule, input opportunities and project website were provided and the consultant team received great feedback from the community regarding the opportunities and challenges related to transit in the study area.
Initial Preference Questionnaire
Almost 1,000 people participated in an online questionnaire conducted February 2 – March 3, 2014 about their travel patterns and preferences.
Open House, Webinar and Questionnaire
In-person and virtual online open houses in June of 2014 focused on the plan alternatives, their evaluation and identification of specific implementation opportunities. An online questionnaire conducted June 4-25, 2014 received input from 4,600 participants on their thoughts to achieve the project vision.
The website serves as community stakeholders’ one-stop location for current project information.