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BRTB Seeking Feedback on Updated Public Participation Plan

BMC Newsroom

BALTIMORE, MD (Monday, August 22, 2022) -- The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), as the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Baltimore region, seeks comments from the public through Friday, October 7 on the draft 2022 Public Participation Plan (PPP).

Details about the PPP and how to provide comments, are available below.

Draft 2022 PPP | How to Comment

Draft 2022 Public Participation Plan

The Public Participation Plan serves as a guide for residents in the Baltimore region to navigate the regional transportation planning process. It also outlines the policies and procedures that the BRTB and staff follow while educating and engaging the public. Lastly, the Participation Plan includes a toolkit of public engagement practices and an evaluation process. 

The mission of the BRTB’s 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 a diverse group of stakeholders.

The draft 2022 Public Participation Plan updates the existing PPP, adopted in 2018. The proposed updates were made after a review of other PPPs, consultant recommendations, staff debriefs, and the results of a recent Public Participation Survey.

Highlights Of Changes

  • Added virtual or hybrid meetings options for BRTB committee meetings and public meetings or events - the 2022 Public Participation Survey showed strong support for virtual options and the ongoing pandemic has shown the need for virtual options.
  • Added new ways to comment such as voicemail, text, and through our PublicInput engagement hub
  • Clarified how to submit comments via social media
  • Updated accessibility policy to use plain and inclusive language
  • Added information about (Presidential) Executive Order 13985 – Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government
  • Reorganized several sections to streamline information and make it easier to understand policies

Download the Public Participation Plan (2022 draft update)

Share Your Thoughts

Public comments are welcome from Monday, August 22 through Friday, October 7, 2022.  The BRTB will vote on these documents at their meeting on Tuesday, November 22, 2022. 

Join Us for a Virtual Public Meeting

Those interested in learning more about the Draft PPP may do so during a virtual public meeting on: Tuesday, September 20 at noon via Zoom. Register via PublicInput.

To share your thoughts and ideas, send all comments to:

ONLINE EMAIL TWITTER VOICEMAIL TEXT
publicinput.com/2022PPP 2022PPP@PublicInput.com @BaltoMetroCo
@BmoreInvolved
#BRTBListens
855-925-2801 x 3612 Text keyword '2022PPP' to 73224

or 2022ppp-espanol for a Spanish language version.

Comments are also welcome during the public comment opportunity at the BRTB meetings at 9 a.m.:

  • Tuesday, August 23
  • Tuesday, September 27
  • Tuesday, October 25
  • Tuesday, November 22 (scheduled vote).

How Your Comments Will Be Used

All BRTB members will receive a copy of the comments prior to taking action. The BRTB and staff will review all comments received and make any changes to the draft PPP in October and November.  All organizations/individuals who submit a comment in writing and include their contact information will receive a response to their comment.

For more information:

Contact Public Involvement Coordinator Monica Haines Benkhedda by email at mhainesbenkhedda@baltometro.org or by phone at 410-732-0500 x 1047.

 

NOTICE

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, or national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable laws.

Appropriate services can be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities or those in need of language assistance who submit a request at least seven days prior to a meeting. Call 410-732-0500.

Dial 7-1-1 or 800-735-2258 to initiate a TTY call through Maryland Relay. Usuarios de Relay MD marquen 7-1-1

Si se necesita información de Título VI en español, llame al 410-732-0500.