Public Participation Plan

MTC wants people in the Bay Area to be involved in the regional public transportation planning process.

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MTC aims to give the public opportunities for early and continuing participation in important transportation projects, plans and decisions, and to provide full public access to key decisions.

MTC’s Commitment to Public Engagement

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.

Planning & Decision Milestones

Appendix A of the Public Participation Plan sets out milestones for the region’s long-range transportation and land use plan, Plan Bay Area 2050.

What You Told Us

Here are some of your ideas that were added to the 2018 Public Participation Plan:

  • Go Digital: Use digital engagement and online methods to get 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 community meetings and events to reach more Bay Area residents
  • Be Transparent: Improve communication by sharing outcomes of outreach efforts

Do you have other ideas? Send us an email: info@bayareametro.gov.