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Participation by Interested Parties

Legislative References to Participation by Interested Parties

23 U.S.C. 134 and 135, as amended by SAFETEA-LU

Under Section 134--MPO (i) Development of Transportation Plan
134(i)(5) PARTICIPATION BY INTERESTED PARTIES.-

(A) IN GENERAL.-Each metropolitan planning organization shall provide citizens, affected public agencies, representatives of public transportation employees, freight shippers, providers of freight transportation services, private providers of transportation, representatives of users of public transportation, representatives of users of pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities, representatives of the disabled, and other interested parties with a reasonable opportunity to comment on the transportation plan.
(B) CONTENTS OF PARTICIPATION PLAN.-A participation plan-
(i) shall be developed in consultation with all interested parties; and
(ii) shall provide that all interested parties have reasonable opportunities to comment on the contents of the transportation plan.
(C) METHODS.-In carrying out subparagraph (A), the metropolitan planning organization shall, to the maximum extent practicable-
(i) hold any public meetings at convenient and accessible locations and times;
(ii) employ visualization techniques to describe plans; and
(iii) make public information available in electronically accessible format and means, such as the World Wide Web, as appropriate to afford reasonable opportunity for consideration of public information under subparagraph (A).

(6) PUBLICATION.-A transportation plan involving Federal participation shall be published or otherwise made readily available by the metropolitan planning organization for public review, including (to the maximum extent practicable) in electronically accessible formats and means, such as the World Wide Web, approved by the metropolitan planning organization and submitted for information purposes to the Governor at such times and in such manner as the Secretary shall establish.


Under Section 134--MPO (j) METROPOLITAN TIP (1) DEVELOPMENT--
134(j)(1)(B) OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT.-In developing the TIP, the metropolitan planning organization, in cooperation with the State and any affected public transportation operator, shall provide an opportunity for participation by interested parties in the development of the program, in accordance with subsection (i)(5).

Under Section 134--MPO (j) METROPOLITAN TIP
134(j)(4) NOTICE AND COMMENT.-Before approving a TIP, a metropolitan planning organization, in cooperation with the State and any affected public transportation operator, shall provide an opportunity for participation by interested parties in the development of the program, in accordance with subsection (i)(5).

Under Section 134--MPO (j) METROPOLITAN TIP
134(j)(7) PUBLICATION.-

(A) PUBLICATION OF TIPS.-A TIP involving Federal participation shall be published or otherwise made readily available by the metropolitan planning organization for public review.
(B) PUBLICATION OF ANNUAL LISTINGS OF PROJECTS.-An annual listing of projects, including investments in pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities, for which Federal funds have been obligated in the preceding year shall be published or otherwise made available by the cooperative effort of the State, transit operator, and metropolitan planning organization for public review. The listing shall be consistent with the categories identified in the TIP.

Under Section 134--MPO (k) TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT AREAS.--(5) CERTIFICATION
134(k)(5)(D) REVIEW OF CERTIFICATION.-In making certification determinations under this paragraph, the Secretary shall provide for public involvement appropriate to the metropolitan area under review.

Under Section 134--MPO
134(p) CONTINUATION OF CURRENT REVIEW PRACTICE.-Since plans and TIPs described in this section are subject to a reasonable opportunity for public comment, since individual projects included in plans and TIPs are subject to review under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and since decisions by the Secretary concerning plans and TIPs described in this section have not been reviewed under such Act as of January 1, 1997, any decision by the Secretary concerning a plan or TIP described in this section shall not be considered to be a Federal action subject to review under such Act.

Under Section 135--Statewide (f) LONG-RANGE STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION PLAN.-
135(f)(3) PARTICIPATION BY INTERESTED PARTIES.-
(A) IN GENERAL.-In developing the statewide transportation plan, the State shall provide citizens, affected public agencies, representatives of public transportation employees, freight shippers, private providers of transportation, representatives of users of public transportation, representatives of users of pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities, representatives of the disabled, providers of freight transportation services, and other interested parties with a reasonable opportunity to comment on the proposed plan.
(B) METHODS.-In carrying out subparagraph (A), the State shall, to the maximum extent practicable-
(i) hold any public meetings at convenient and accessible locations and times;
(ii) employ visualization techniques to describe plans; and
(iii) make public information available in electronically accessible format and means, such as the World Wide Web, as appropriate to afford reasonable opportunity for consideration of public information under subparagraph (A).

Under Section 135--Statewide (g) STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM.-
135(g)(3) PARTICIPATION BY INTERESTED PARTIES.-In developing the program, the State shall provide citizens, affected public agencies, representatives of public transportation employees, freight shippers, private providers of transportation, providers of freight transportation services, representatives of users of public transportation, representatives of users of pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities, representatives of the disabled, and other interested parties with a reasonable opportunity to comment on the proposed program.

Under Section 135--Statewide (g) STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM.-
135(g)(4) INCLUDED PROJECTS.-

(B) LISTING OF PROJECTS.-An annual listing of projects for which funds have been obligated in the preceding year in each metropolitan planning area shall be published or otherwise made available by the cooperative effort of the State, transit operator, and the metropolitan planning organization for public review. The listing shall be consistent with the funding categories identified in each metropolitan transportation improvement program.

Under Section 135--Statewide (j) CONTINUATION OF CURRENT REVIEW PRACTICE.-
135(j) CONTINUATION OF CURRENT REVIEW PRACTICE.-Since the statewide transportation plan and the transportation improvement program described in this section are subject to a reasonable opportunity for public comment, since individual projects included in the statewide transportation plans and the transportation improvement program are subject to review under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and since decisions by the Secretary concerning statewide transportation plans or the transportation improvement program described in this section have not been reviewed under such Act as of January 1, 1997, any decision by the Secretary concerning a metropolitan or statewide transportation plan or the transportation improvement program described in this section shall not be considered to be a Federal action subject to review under such Act.

Updated: 05/16/2013
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