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Posted: Saturday, April 15, 2006 6:45 am | Updated: 3:13 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

For the past 10 years, Scottsdale resident Lisa Haskell’s mother has only been able to get around in a wheelchair. When she needs to leave her residence, she must rely on public transportation.

“My major concern is her being able to get from point A to point B within two hours and get picked up in a timely fashion,” Haskell said.

Haskell said her mother manages twice a month to go shopping using one of the four public transit options available in the city, but even that is inadequate and overburdened.

Public transit in Scottsdale in general is “abysmal,” Haskell said. Some disabled elderly residents will cancel rides or just not take trips because “they dread the time it will take” to get to their destination, she said.

Haskell is one of an estimated 75 to 100 residents expected to participate in the city’s three-day workshop designed to shape the city’s 20-year major transportation plan.

In mid-March, Mayor Mary Manross urged those attending a presentation on transportation to stay engaged and remain involved in the planning process. The forthcoming workshop is part of the city’s outreach effort to get input from the community about their transportation needs, issues, concerns and possible solutions.

City officials estimate they will have a final master plan in 12 to 18 months. More public sessions are planned in the coming months.

Steve Hogan, 54, of Scottsdale said he thinks the city needs to provide a means of getting around other than personally owned vehicles. No current system offers a true alternative to cars, he said.

There are four public transit options currently available in Scottsdale but their hours of operation and service area are limited.

Hogan, who is serving on the informal working group to develop the transportation plan, said he also is concerned about the impact traffic coming from adjacent communities will have on Scottsdale.

“Steps are going to have to be taken to make sure the city doesn’t fall apart at the seams regarding transportation,” Hogan said.

Wendy Lyons, vice president of strategic development for Scottsdale Healthcare, said she is concerned about public transportation for their employees.

“We’re very interested in what the city is planning for mass transit,” Lyons said, adding 60 percent of the health care provider’s employees commute to work.

Scottsdale Healthcare, one of the largest area employers, operates three campuses in the city.

Lyons also is a member of the working group and is slated to attend the workshop.

Workshop set

A Scottsdale transportation workshop will be Monday through Wednesday at the Scottsdale Community College Turquoise Room, 9000 E. Chaparral Road.

• 6 to 9 p.m. Monday: Oregon-based HDR consulting firm and city staff will provide an overview and conduct exercises to identify problems and solutions.

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday: The consulting team will document ideas to develop a preliminary plan.

• 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday: Informal public review of alternatives.

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday: The workshop will formulate two to four alternatives.

• 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday: Public review and comment period on the alternatives. Information: (480) 312-7829 or (480) 312-7010

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