At a minimum, tribes are required to do public involvement activities before the Tribal Council approves of the IRR Transportation Improvement Program, and should complete public involvement during the development of the long-range transportation plan. However, public involvement can take place earlier in the process to help tribal planners understand the public's needs, goals, and vision for transportation facilities and services. Additionally, public involvement can be used to help understand the community's priorities among the projects identified through the planning process.
There are opportunities for public involvement throughout the transportation planning process. The techniques to encourage public involvement and the type of information solicited will vary based on local demographics, public interest, and the level of input desired in the decisionmaking process. Involving the public early in the transportation planning process enables the community to engage in the transportation planning process from the beginning.
There are opportunities for public involvement throughout the transportation process. Figure 2 shows the steps in the decisionmaking process for developing a transportation project. The "feedback" arrow-which spans all of the steps in project development-shows that public involvement is a continuous process. The level of public involvement and the techniques used will vary based on demographics, public interest, and the level of input desired in the decisionmaking process.