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FHWA/FTA Questions and Answers on Public Involvement in Transportation Decisionmaking

[5] How does the State DOT and/or MPO involve the public in developing or revising the public involvement process?

Involving the public in the development or revision of public involvement processes helps MPOs and State DOTs identify involvement approaches that work. Techniques for doing this include: distributing easily understood materials explaining why this involvement is important, holding focus groups on the transportation decisionmaking process, brainstorming with the public including members of the public who have not traditionally been involved in transportation decisions, inviting the community to participate in presentations on the short and long-term transportation challenges the region or State faces, and making presentations to civic organizations, senior citizens' groups, minority groups, and other public agencies who are stakeholders in transportation decisions (i.e., health and human services departments or economic development departments).

Updated: 5/16/2013
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