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The new Kodiak Area Transit System bus. Senior Citizens of Kodiak, which oversees KATS, has made arrangements with an organization called Art Heroes to design graphics for the bus. (JONATHAN STRONG photo)

Getting to work and shopping areas topped the list of priorities identified by 250 respondents to a survey by the Kodiak Area Transit System on public transit priorities, according to a release from Senior Citizens of Kodiak, the lead agency behind KATS.

“A little while ago, Senior Citizens of Kodiak asked for some feedback from the community on how we can expand our public service, because basically the Kodiak Area Transit System, also known as KATS, has been primarily a coordinated system for 15 nonprofit organizations in Kodiak since August of 2000,” said SCOK project specialist Jonathan Strong in an update to the Kodiak Island Borough assembly on Thursday. “Now our public service has been very limited, just a short time in the morning and a little bit of time in the evening.”

Eight items: getting to work, shopping, hospital or medicine, getting to social services, attending community events, college and classes, evening meetings, and weekend meetings, were listed on the survey, and respondents were asked to check all that applied to them as public transportation priorities.

Getting to work and shopping tied for the top priority with 70 percent of respondents saying they were important.

Getting to the hospital ranked third with 50 percent of respondents listing it as a priority.

College and classes came in at about 35 percent followed by attending community events at about 32 percent.

Of the 250 survey responses received, two were negative, the release said.

SCOK is planning to hold forums and meetings in the near future to get more input on the Kodiak Area Coordinated Transportation Plan, which is up for review and revision before it is submitted to the Department of Transportation.

Julie Herrmann is a staff reporter at the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Contact her at 486-3227 ext. 627.

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