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Public Participation Plan

What are the best ways to encourage Bay Area residents to participate in planning for the region’s future? You can tell us by reviewing and commenting on MTC’s Draft 2018 Public Participation Plan

MTC’s Draft 2018 Public Participation Plan highlights opportunities for Bay Area residents to engage in the range of the agency’s planning work and funding allocations.

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

Comments can be emailed to or mailed to MTC Public Information, 375 Beale Street, Suite 800, San Francisco, CA 94105. Comments must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, May 7, 2018. To request a copy of the Draft 2018 Public Participation Plan please call MTC at (415) 778-6757.


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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