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Public Participation Plan

On June 27, 2018, MTC adopted its 2018 Public Participation Plan. The adopted plan describes MTC’s responsibilities, goals and strategies for engaging the public in its planning work and funding allocations.

Appendix A outlines planning and decision milestones for the region’s long-range transportation and land use blueprint, known as Plan Bay Area 2050 – slated to be adopted jointly by MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments in 2021.

To view the 2018 Public Participation Plan in Spanish or Chinese, please see the Related Documents section of this page.

We have five guiding principles for public involvement:

  • Public participation is a dynamic activity that requires teamwork and commitment at all levels of the MTC organization.
  • One size does not fit all — input from diverse perspectives enhances the process.
  • Effective public outreach and involvement requires relationship building with local governments, stakeholders and advisory groups.
  • Engaging interested persons in ‘regional’ transportation issues is challenging, yet possible, by making it relevant, removing barriers to participation, and communicating in clear, compelling language and visuals.
  • An open and transparent public participation process empowers low-income communities and communities of color to participate in decision making that affects them.

Here’s what you told us during a 2018 review of our public outreach activities:

Go Digital: Use digital engagement and online methods to inform/seek input from the public. This was, by far, the comment we heard most.

Be Creative: Use creative outreach techniques and promotion methods to increase public participation.

Go “Where the People Are:” Attend existing meetings and events to reach more of the Bay Area community.

Be Transparent: Improve communication by sharing outcomes of outreach efforts.

We have included these suggestions in the Draft 2018 Public Participation Plan. Other ideas? Send us an email:


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