Local Transportation Updates

City of Bowling Green The City of Bowling Green Public Works Department is continuing to improve local infrastructure, despite some budget restrictions due to COVID-19. Projects that are in the planning and/or design phase include Phase II of the Downtown Improvements projects.  Phase I was completed late in 2019 and addressed deteriorating public infrastructure including…

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MPO Finalizes 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan

The Bowling Green-Warren County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) recently approved the final draft of the community’s long-range transportation plan, the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The MTP guides the planning efforts for local leaders in prioritizing transportation projects (roadway, bicycle/pedestrian, and transit), while identifying existing and proposed transportation facilities and services necessary to meet the needs…

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Living in the Virtual Meeting World: The pros, cons and a glimpse to the future?

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, government organizations, businesses, churches and educational institutions, among others, have been forced to come up with alternative mediums for meeting together. And it’s not just meetings that have changed. Many of us have had to rapidly adapt to working from home schedules and juggling multiple roles and responsibilities.…

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Transportation Project Updates

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KTYC) District 3 The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has improved two major areas with resurfacing on two highly traveled routes in Bowling Green. A section of US 231 (Campbell Lane) near the intersection  with Industrial Drive was resurfaced. A large section of US 231 (Scottsville Road) underwent a resurfacing and safety improvement project…

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A Look to the Future of our Transportation System – the 2045 MTP

Transportation is the means of moving people and goods from one location to another in order to carry out the daily needs and desires of life. People and goods transport in various ways – from trains and planes to automobiles, buses, bicycles, scooters, and walking. Transportation shapes the identity of communities as it affects the…

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Locals learn how to create an age-friendly city

What makes a city great for an 8-year-old, an 80-year-old, and anyone in between? Local government staff, review board members, and several citizens converged at the Historic RailPark & Train Museum in December to discuss that very issue. The guidebook: the 8-80 Cities initiative.   8-80 Cities is a Canadian-based non-profit organization striving to “bring…

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BikeWalkBG Gears Up for New Initiatives

BikeWalkBG, the advocacy and education branch of the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO’s) bicycle and pedestrian program, is teaming up with Western Kentucky University (WKU), Warren County, the City of Bowling Green, and a number of community members to kick-off a bicycle safety and sustainability initiative. Funded entirely by external grants and donations awarded to WKU,…

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BikeWalkBG Community Bike Ride

BikeWalkBG is the local advisory, advocacy, and educational initiative for promoting bicycling and walking. BikeWalkBG oversees the bicycle-pedestrian planning process, which includes everything from dreaming up new trails, responding to greenway complaints, planning safety and educational events, and coordinating with others to encourage and promote biking and walking, be it for transportation or leisure. Over…

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Housing Study Determines Need for All Types of Housing

The City of Bowling Green recently partnered with Bowen National Research to conduct a housing needs assessment of Bowling Green and Warren County. The study analyzed a variety of local factors that affect housing needs – ranging from commuting patterns, income levels, and employment. The study highlighted that Bowling Green-Warren County has a high population…

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Can You Guess How Many Cemeteries are in Warren County?

The Planning Commission has staffed the Cemetery Board since the board’s creation in 2004. The board is tasked with facilitating cemetery grants from the state, when available, as well as assisting in the preservation and documentation of cemeteries within Warren County. As part of this effort, the Planning Commission not only maps the locations of…

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Planning Commission Quarterly Numbers

The first few months of 2019 have been busy. Though our re-zonings are lower than previous year-to-date numbers, construction and code enforcement are steadily rising. With warmer weather comes an uptick in construction – both road construction and for subdivisions. Our construction coordinators are out in the field daily, monitoring subdivision standards and regulations. This…

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Local Transit Agencies Seek Service Improvements

WKU Topper Transit   Topper Transit provides free transit service to Western Kentucky University students, faculty, and staff.  During FY18, WKU faced a 30 million dollar budget reduction.  Each department within WKU faced the daunting challenge of eliminating cost while maintaining adequate service levels to the campus community.   As a result of these budget…

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Planning Commission Numbers…We’re Still Growing

As we’ve told you before, Warren County’s population has grown exponentially over the past decade, and in particular, we’ve seen a lot of new infrastructure in the past few years. While apartments have been trending throughout our community, this quarter’s numbers reveal 2018 slowing down on apartments. The numbers for building permits, zone changes, plats…

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Solving the Congestion Problem Doesn’t Always Start with Road Widening

There are many uncertainties for the future of transportation and with that comes a lot of unanswered questions. With a mere century of widespread public ownership of the automobile, our nation is faced with myriad challenges from funding infrastructure projects and drafting safety standards for autonomous vehicles, to incorporating “active” modes of travel and thinking…

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News from The Hill: Topper Transit’s Biodiesel Buses and Bike Share Program Hit the Ground this Fall

Western Kentucky University’s Topper Transit is operating their transit fleet using 20% biodiesel.  The biodiesel is a plant based oil that is a renewable energy source and allows Topper Transit to reduce their carbon footprint, thus improving sustainability efforts on campus. The fleet has new signage that reflects the initiative. WKU is partnering with VeoRide,…

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Transit Study RFP: Due 10/19/2018 + Answered Questions

The Bowling Green-Warren County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking a qualified consultant to conduct an operational efficiency and management analysis for Western Kentucky University (WKU) and GO bg Transit in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The MPO is requesting a three-phased study to improve operational efficiencies for Topper Transit, explore alternative management structures for GO bg,…

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Public Hearing Rules Of Conduct

Pursuant to Section 7.2.k of this Commission’s By-Laws, public hearings will operate under the following guidelines: Staff Presentation – No time limit – Cross examination or questions pertaining to the Staff Report or applicable regulations can follow Applicant’s Opening Presentation and Presentation of Witnesses – 15 Minutes – Cross examination or questions can follow related…

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