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Public Meeting Tuesday Night For Long-term Transportation Needs In B/CS

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas *10 P.M. Update*

What do you want to see on local highways 25 years from now?

That's a question the Bryan / College Station Metropolitan Planning Organization is asking drivers this week.

News 3 looked at some of the big projects being discussed at a meeting Tuesday night.

The BCS Metropolitan Planning Organization wants to hear your thoughts on ways to address traffic through the year 2040.

By then an estimated 303,234 people will live in Brazos County.

Tuesday night about a dozen people gathered at College Station City Hall for an open house with the MPO.

"I'm very tolerant of our traffic situation because of my experience in Houston and so at this point I don't really see a problem," said Clyde Garland.

Garland has called Bryan home for 11 years and attended the public meeting. He says he's most concerned about proposed high speed rail for the area.

"I'm against it unless somebody can make a better case for it. It just tramples on too many property rights and the huge width of it makes no sense to me," Garland said.

Some of the ideas to manage growth include adding third lanes to Highway 6 someday.

College Station Mayor Pro Tem Karl Mooney says in the more short term are plans to build an estimated $50 million underpass separating train traffic from cars at Wellborn Road and George Bush Drive.

"That's going to take quite a bit of designing because now we are going to be talking about buildings and neighborhoods that have been there for quite some time," said Mooney.

Brad McCaleb is the Director of the BCS MPO which is established by federal law to coordinate projects with the help of federal transportation funds.

"This is about the future of the region and it's long range plans, so some of us may not be around when these projects get implemented but our children will benefit from them," said McCaleb.

If you missed Tuesday's meeting, another one is planned for Thursday from 6 to 8 P.M. in the basement of the Bryan Municipal Building located at at 300 South Texas Avenue in Bryan.

They are also taking votes from attendees on their biggest priorities.

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As the Brazos Valley continues to grow transportation planners want your input on how to meet growing traffic needs for the next 25 years.

The Bryan / College Station Metropolitan Planning Organization is having two open house-style meetings this week seeking the public's input.

Tuesday, December 10th the public is invited to attend a meeting from 6 to 8 P.M. at the College Station City Council Chambers located at 1101 South Texas Avenue in College Station.

The second meeting is Thursday, December 12th from 6 to 8 P.M. at the Bryan City Hall Basement Training Room located at 300 South Texas Avenue in Bryan.

The BCS MPO will have a presentation and will also be taking questions and input from area drivers about projects they'd like to see and problems they encounter driving.

Some projects coming up soon include the Rock Prairie Road Bridge widening over Highway 6 and long-term plans for an underpass at the George Bush Drive and Wellborn Road intersection.

News 3 will have more on the meeting Tuesday at six and ten.

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