The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is hosting a series of regional public workshops to gain insight from the public regarding the federal Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program.

The next meetings of the series will be:

Pharr on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. at the TxDOT Pharr District Office, 600 W. Interstate 2, 78577

Alice (satellite location) on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. at the TxDOT Alice Area Office, 1071 N. US Hwy 281 Bypass, 78332

Kingsville (satellite location) on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. at Kleberg County Human Services/Paisano Transit, 1109 E. Santa Gertrudis St., 78363

Laredo on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 5 p.m. at the Laredo Transit Center, 1301 Farragut St., 3rd Floor West, 78040

Del Rio (satellite location) on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 5 p.m. at City of Del Rio, 100 W. Ogden St., 78840

New Braunfels on Thursday, Jan. 12, 10:30 a.m. at the New Braunfels Public Library, 700 E. Common St., 78130

Uvalde (satellite location) on Thursday, Jan. 12, 10:30 a.m. at the Southwest Regional Area Transit District Conference Room, 713 E. Main St., 78801

During these meetings, which will take place during the first three weeks of January, the public will have the opportunity to learn about rural public transit from local providers and to provide their own input.

Following presentations from local providers, those in attendance will help identify and prioritize issues and needs facing the transportation program.

“The needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities are at the center of the Section 5310 program, so we need input from local stakeholders such as transit users, organizations serving seniors and individuals with disabilities, nonprofit agencies, transit districts, and local governments to help guide Section 5310 funding decisions for the next two years,” said Kari Banta, the Section 5310 program manager for TxDOT’s Public Transportation Division.

Simultaneous meetings at satellite locations will be taking place on a number of the dates. In addition, the meetings will be available over the internet, so the public can listen in and view the presentations, as well as offer input, from their homes or from locations more convenient to them.

A schedule of the meetings, as well as instructions for joining via webinar, will be updated regularly on www.txdot.gov, under the Hearings and Meetings Schedule. The web listing for each meeting also contains a link to an online survey about public transportation needs and priorities. Additionally, you may leave input or ask questions via a hotline at 512-360-0668.

TxDOT promotes and supports public transportation by collaborating with local governments, non-profit entities and other transportation providers. TxDOT provides funding to assist the needs of elderly individuals and persons with disabilities when current transportation service is unavailable, insufficient or inappropriate.

Special Accommodations: If you have a disability and need assistance, special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this meeting, please call 512-360-0668 or by email at least five working days prior to the meeting. Please be aware that advance notice is requested as some accommodations may require time for TxDOT to arrange.