The Participation Plan articulates the TPB’s commitment to a transparent interface with the public and with relevant public agencies to support the regional transportation planning process, including the development of the Financially Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP) and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
The key method for the implementation of this Participation Plan is the identification of different types of constituencies who possess varying levels of knowledge about transportation and the TPB process. The Participation Strategy provides a framework for tailoring public involvement tools and activities to serve the diverse needs of these constituencies.
The Participation Plan is intended to fulfill federal requirements outlined in the federal transportation reauthorization legislation of 2005 (SAFETEA-LU) and further detailed in the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Regulations that were published in the Federal Register on February 14, 2007. For the first time, SAFETEA-LU called for metropolitan planning organizations, including the TPB, to develop a Participation Plan.
The Participation Plan was developed through a collaborative process, including the TPB's Citizens Advisory Committee, the Access for All Advisory Committee and other committees representing agency stakeholders, jurisdiction staff, interest groups, and the general public.
The TPB approved the Participation Plan on December 19, 2007.