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DOT Public Involvement Reference Tool

About DOT Public Involvement

Welcome to the Public Involvement Reference Tool. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has developed this reference tool as a technical resource for transportation professionals and the public. The reference tool is designed to help you find specific public involvement documents, discover and share best practices, and to assist State transportation agencies (STAs) to improve their transparency, efficiency, and accountability. The reference tool encourages more open governmental decisionmaking that facilitatescitizen participation and collaboration.

How Does the Reference Tool Work?

The reference tool consists of a Web-based matrix that contains links to all 52 STA public involvement-related Web sites, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. You can find the reference tool at After opening the site, you will see, on the page's left side, links to each Web site.

Across the top of the site, from left to right, is a list of the following important public involvement topics and issues:

Within the matrix are individual links that take you to a Web site that contains information about that State's best practices for public involvement and other associated public involvement information.

Definitions of Topics in the Matrix

Reference Tool Application

The matrix links within the State Web sites lead to information on the STA's public involvement process and on the availability to participate in these various forums. The tool can help the STAs improve their public involvement plans and enhance their own Web sites with the following:

For comments or questions on the reference tool, please contact Lorrie Lau, FHWA Office of Planning (, Katiann Wong-Murillo, FHWA's Resource Center Environment Technical Service Team ( or Teresa Banks, FHWA's Resource Center Civil Rights Technical Service Team ( ).

Updated: 1/31/2017
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