BRTB seeks public comments on draft Public Participation Plan
BRTB reviews and updates the plan every four years
Open for Public Review
The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) welcomes comments through Thursday, May 24, on a draft of the Public Participation Plan. The BRTB is scheduled to vote on the amendments on Tuesday, June 26 at 9 a.m. Details of the amendments and comment period are below.
ABOUT THE BRTB’S PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PLAN
The Public Participation Plan serves as a guide for residents in the Baltimore region to navigate the public process, while also outlining the policies and procedures to ensure that those coordinating the planning process engage the public. The mission of the Public Participation Plan is to provide an open process that offers reasonable access to information, timely public notice, full public access to key decisions, and support for early and continued involvement of stakeholders.
WHAT’S NEW WITH THE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PLAN?
The draft of the Public Participation Plan updates information detailed in a previous version based on Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act a federal law that authorizes transportation funding, to address such things as new technologies and a review of the most effective public involvement practices.
The 2018 draft Public Participation Plan includes the following changes:
1. Updated list of interested partiesRecent updates to federal Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) regulations expanded the list of interested parties that the BRTB must engage to include:
- Public Ports,
- Private providers of transportation (including intercity bus operators, employer-based commuting programs, such as carpool program, vanpool program, transit benefit program, parking cash-out program, shuttle program, or telework program);
- Travel and tourism agencies; and
- Officials responsible for natural disaster risk reduction.
2. Updated process for the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRP)
The BRTB proposes the following policy change to amend the TIP and LRTP:
- Any project proposed for inclusion in the TIP or long-range transportation plan that requires an air quality emissions analysis will automatically require a 30-day public review and public meeting.
- All amendments, regardless of 30-day review, will go to the BRTB’s Technical Committee and BRTB for consideration and approval. A resolution with project information will be available online for the public to view five weeks prior to a BRTB vote.
- The BRTB’s Executive Committee will continue to review and approve administrative modifications (minor amendments).
3. Inclusion of Queen Anne’s County to the BRTB membership
Other minor updates to the PPP were made, including the addition of Queen Anne’s County to the list of BRTB members and updating the regional map on Page 4.
View the draft Public Participation Plan
PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT
The public review period runs from Tuesday, April 10, through Thursday, May 24, 2018The BRTB invites the public to learn more and/or share comments on this project.
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
Comments are welcome during the Public Comment Opportunity at the BRTB meeting on Tuesday, April 24, Tuesday, May 24, and Tuesday, June 26 (scheduled vote), at 9 a.m. To share your thoughts and ideas, send all comments in writing to:
The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board
Attn: Public Involvement Coordinator
1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21230
Twitter: @BaltoMetroCo and @BmoreInvolvedusing the hashtag #BRTBlistens
Facebook: Baltimore Metropolitan Council and B’More Involved
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