Excuse cross postings. Here is a press release I got from MDOT about public participation in overall state transportation plans:
MDOT invites comment on public involvement plan
for statewide transportation planning
November 1, 2004 - -The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is seeking comments from Michigan residents, organizations, businesses, tribal governments and local agencies on its public involvement plan for statewide transportation planning. The plan is available for public review at MDOT's region offices and Transportation Service Centers, and on the Web at www.michigan.gov/mdot under “Projects and Programs.”
"MDOT values the insights gained through ongoing dialogue with the users of all modes of transportation," said State Transportation Director Gloria J. Jeff. "We encourage residents and groups to review and evaluate this plan and share their thoughts with us."
The Transportation Efficiency Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) requires states to develop a public involvement plan to ensure that major planning processes, such as the State Long Range Plan (SLRP) and the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), are developed with the public in mind. The public involvement plan will guide MDOT in its efforts to identify and accommodate the needs of transportation customers throughout the state. The plan also describes an array of methods and activities that are useful for implementing public involvement strategies.
The SLRP identifies areas in need of improvement and establishes policies and actions necessary to achieve transportation goals for a 25-year period. The STIP, a short-term program, lists all the transportation projects scheduled for construction and identifies available funds needed to implement projects throughout the next three years.
Beginning with a description of the federal requirements for public involvement under TEA-21, the plan: describes Michigan's strategic approach to public involvement in transportation planning; explains how MDOT incorporates public involvement into the statewide planning process through the SLRP and the STIP; and closes with a list of the many tools MDOT can use to encourage, facilitate and review public involvement in the transportation planning process.
The deadline for submitting comments is Dec. 15, 2004. The plan is available in alternative formats upon request. Requests for copies may be mailed to: Public Involvement Plan, Michigan Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Planning, P.O. Box 30050, Lansing, MI 48909, or by e-mail to MDOT-PublicInvolvementPlan@michigan.gov.
Kim D. Hunter
Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter
2727 Second Ave. #318
Detroit, MI 48201