The Challenger Learning Center is seen in Kenai, Alaska, on Sept. 10, 2020. (Peninsula Clarion file)

The Challenger Learning Center is seen in Kenai, Alaska, on Sept. 10, 2020. (Peninsula Clarion file)

Transportation gaps to be the focus of community meeting

The goal is to create a task force who can regularly meet and move forward on the issue

To identify transportation gaps on the Kenai Peninsula and to discuss solutions, the Kenai Peninsula Foundation and Bridges Community Resource Network are partnering to put on a meeting Thursday.

The Kenai Peninsula Transportation Gaps and Solutions event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Challenger Learning Center and via Zoom, will be facilitated by Denali Daniels and Associates. The groups are seeking participation from those “interested in improving transportation on the Kenai Peninsula,” an announcement reads.

Tim Navarre, chair of the Kenai Peninsula Foundation, said the meeting has been in the works for a long time. He said in his time with the foundation, as well as working with Bridges, transportation is an issue they’ve become aware of.

He said he’s worked with three Kenai Peninsula Borough mayors to get the meeting to happen.

“We’re getting everybody together to really talk about transportation,” he said.

On Thursday, the first half of the meeting will feature presentations about local transportation and determining whether there is in fact a need.

Navarre said that they needed to start by establishing whether or not there is a need — though he said he anticipates an “of course.” He said that transportation is something that is being addressed by entities within the community already, pointing to senior centers and Alaska Native tribes.

In the second half of the meeting, the group will seek to identify solutions. Navarre said the goal is to create a task force who can regularly meet and move forward on the issue.

Navarre said that to ensure they have an accurate head count — especially for lunch — all attendees are asked to RSVP via a form found at survey.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0llZ8Y1HEnERrP8. Through that link, participants can also sign up for Zoom access to the meeting.

For more information about the Kenai Peninsula Foundation, visit facebook.com/kenaipf.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

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