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Transportation panel launches online forums

The Columbian
Published: July 17, 2012, 5:00pm

A new public outreach program invites Washington residents to weigh in on transportation issues through online forums and surveys.

The Voice of Washington State program, launched late last month by the Washington State Transportation Commission, is designed to gather citizens’ thoughts, facilitate discussions and incorporate the information into decision-making processes, according to the commission.

Online forums are spread across seven regional pages. Topics posted so far for the Southwest Washington region — covering Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, Lewis and Wahkiakum counties — include commuting, roundabouts and the Columbia River Crossing.

Residents can take part in the program by logging on at Voice of Washington State. Users can also sign up to participate in a “survey panel” and receive periodic transportation-related questionnaires by email.

Registration in the Voice of Washington State program is limited to one email address per person, according to the commission. People must submit their name, email address and county of residence to sign up.