PSU MURP workshop project comes to life in Salem-Keizer

Students explaining flexible transit concepts to community members at an open house May 6, 2014

Last year, we reported on a Portland State University graduate student project that created a tailored transit solution for the Salem-Keizer area.

This year, the flexible transit system created by students in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program has become a reality.

The West Salem Connector service launched as a year-long pilot program on June 1.

The new service, which focuses on improving transit access for those who actually use it in low-demand areas, will be free for the first six months.

Students in the MURP program spend about five months completing workshop projects, which focus on real-world planning problems and see them through. Not every student project, however, makes it to the stage of implementation.

The fact that the Salem-Keizer flexible transit line is becoming a reality reflects the quality of this group's work.

The Paradigm Planning group consisted of MURP students Darwin Moosavi, Brenda Martin, Matt Berggren, Lauren Wirtis, Mike Sellinger and CJ Doxsee. The project, Capturing the Ride, involved extensive community outreach which played a role in its success.

Project manager Darwin Moosavi presented an overview of the planning process and logistics of the system in a Friday Transportation Seminar on May 23, 2014. For more details, visit the archived seminar page to watch the video or view presentation slides.

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