For many of us, transportation projects seem to come from nowhere. Others may vaguely remember a project “promised” years ago. Too often, people develop negative impressions of the process by which transportation projects come into being because of the lack of information about how these decisions are made.
That’s where public involvement comes in.
Right now we are updating our Public Involvement Plan – the steps we take and the tools we use to facilitate two-way communication while our plans and studies are underway. Public involvement gives community members an opportunity to provide input and lets our planning staff provide information, answer questions and understand their perspective.
Our work at the MIC is to study, analyze and make recommendations to make it easier for people and businesses to get where they need to go—whether by car, bike, bus, on foot, by air or on water. We think about how well these transportation systems will function, and how they can be paid for, not just today but for the next 5, 10, even 25 years.
Public involvement ensures that these decisions are made with input from the people who know this area first-hand.
With this in mind, take a look at the draft of the MIC’s updated Public Involvement Plan. We understand that there’s more to public participation than holding meetings. We need to become more visible and find multiple ways to get people and organizations involved.
So let us know: will these steps help to encourage participation in the MIC’s planning activities, as well as to broaden the range of voices and views expressed?