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The Washington region is facing serious transportation challenges that will affect us all in the near future. If current trends continue, congestion will get much worse. If we decide we want a better future, it is up to every citizen to become more informed in transportation issues - and take action.
How can you get involved?
There are many places and ways for citizens to become better informed and more involved, although it is often most effective to get involved early in the decision-making process. Here are some of the possibilities:
Get Involved in regional transportation issues at the Transportation Planning Board:
Present your ideas during the TPB public comment period at the beginning of each board meeting. TPB meetings begin at 12 noon on the third Wednesday of each month (except August). To participate, call (202) 962-3315.
You can submit a written statement to the TPB through our website at www.mwcog.org. You may also send your message by e-mail (TPBPublicComment@mwcog.org) or regular mail. Letters are made available to all TPB members and become part of the permanent record.
Volunteer as a member of the TPB’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC accepts applications for new membership every November. CAC members serve for one year, and are eligible for multiple terms.
For more information on the transportation planning process in the Washington region, download A Citizens Guide To Transportation Decision-Making in the Washington Region.
There are many other ways to become active in transportation decision-making. Many projects are formulated based on local needs. State agencies often determine which projects to pursue. The following represent several of the many ways citizens can have an impact on transportation challenges facing the region.
Contact local, regional and state transportation planning agencies to ask for information about projects in which you are interested. Find out how citizens are involved in these projects.
The project development process can be confusing in a region as large and as diverse as our own. This flowchart describes when decisions on transportation projects take place.
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