Public Participation Plan

Help inform how MTC engages Bay Area residents in the planning process to create a shared vision for the future.

Peter Beeler

The public comment period for MTC’s Draft 2023 Public Participation Plan for the San Francisco Bay Area is now closed. The draft document highlights opportunities for Bay Area residents to engage in the agency’s planning work and funding allocations.


Draft Public Participation Plan: Appendix A

Public Participation Plan Statutory Requirements

Draft Public Participation Plan: Appendix B

Public Participation Procedures for the Regional Transportation Plan and the Transportation Improvement Program

Draft Public Participation Plan: Appendix C

Public Participation Plan for Plan Bay Area 2050+

The proposed framework for community involvement includes enhancements geared toward better reaching Equity Priority Communities, more comprehensive public information techniques and a refinement of MTC’s guiding principles for engagement. It also outlines planning and decision milestones for the next update to the region’s long-range transportation and land use blueprint, known as Plan Bay Area 2050+. The current plan, known as Plan Bay Area 2050, was adopted jointly by MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments in 2021.

To request a copy of the Draft 2023 Public Participation Plan please call MTC at (415) 778-6757.

請求幫助! | ¡Solicita Ayuda! | Request Assistance!

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¿Necesita que alguno de nuestros documentos sea traducido? ¿Necesita nuestras comunicaciones escritas en letra grande o en Braille? ¿Necesita un intérprete del lenguaje de señas o un intérprete que hable su idioma para poder participar?

¡Nosotros podemos ayudar! Comuníquese al 415.778.6757. Necesitamos aviso con tres días de anticipación para proporcionar asistencia razonable. Para personas con discapacidad auditiva o TDD, llame al 711, California Relay Service, o al 1-800-735-2929 (TTY) o al 1-800-735-2922 (voz) y pida que lo comuniquen al 415-778-6700.

Do you need one of our documents translated? Do you need written materials in large type or in Braille? Do you need a sign language interpreter or an interpreter who speaks your language in order to participate?

We can help! Please call us at 415.778.6757. We require three days’ notice in order to provide reasonable accommodation. For TDD or hearing impaired, call 711, California Relay Service, or 1-800-735-2929 (TTY) or 1-800-735-2922 (voice) and ask to be relayed to 415-778-6700.

Commitment to Public Engagement

MTC’s draft guiding principles for engagement serve as our vision for public participation and are rooted in our mission to advance equity in the Bay Area:

  • Effective engagement has a clear purpose. Defining the purpose for engaging the public, understanding the context and identifying the audience of those affected is imperative to ensure meaningful engagement from the standpoint of the agency and the participants.
  • Effective engagement requires two-way education and relationship building. Acknowledging the expertise that exists within a given community and boosting engagement with activities that increase mutual education fosters more productive conversations. Ongoing, mutual education improves outcomes and requires cultivating relationships with partners and communities to build trust and achieve consensus.
  • Effective engagement is not one-size-fits-all. Efforts must be tailored to each unique project and audience to enhance community engagement while making every effort to increase participation opportunities for those most impacted by past and current decisions.
  • Clear communication is essential in effective engagement. Public engagement must be conducted through clear and compelling communications that are appropriate for the intended audience. Leveraging inclusive storytelling builds shared understanding.
  • Effective engagement demands accountability. Informing the public of opportunities to participate in the process and clearly demonstrating how community voices have influenced planning and policy decisions builds confidence in the public process.
  • Engagement requires openness and transparency. An open and transparent public participation process empowers low-income communities and communities of color to participate in decision-making that affects them (adopted as an environmental justice principle by the Commission in 2006).

Planning & Decision Milestones

Appendix C of the Draft 2023 Public Participation Plan sets out milestones for the next iteration of the region’s long-range transportation and land use plan, Plan Bay Area 2050+.

2018 Public Participation Plan

Read the 2018 MTC Public Participation Plan

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

Lee el 2018 Plan de Participación Pública

El Plan para la Participación del Público describe las responsabilidades, metas y estrategias de la MTC para foment.