RTC seeks to betting the public in transportation project process

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission is working to update its portion of the Draft Monterey Bay Public Participation Plan. This, as part of the Association of Monterey Bay Area Government's attempt to adhere to state and federal requirements to try to enhance public participation in the transportation project planning process. The six principals the Public Participation Plan the agency is trying to adhere to are to:
  • Value the public's participation and promoting broad-based involvement by the community
  • Provide various opportunities for public review and input
  • Treat all members of the public fairly and to respect and consider all public input as important components to the planning and participation process
  • As feasible, promote a culture of dialogue and partnership among residents, property owners, businesses, organizations
  • Encourage active participation on the initial stages, as well as throughout, the process
  • Provide clear, timely and broadly distributed communication and agency reports.
Reaching out to the public means doing such things as using the media, publishing information online and printing and distributing brochures in bilingual format. Now, the RTC is weighing the possibly of broadening its horizons and possibly enlisting the help of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to inform and seek information from the public, an official there said. Tonight, the RTC's bicycle committee with discuss it's part on the Public Participation Plan. That meeting will get underway at 6:30 p.m. In the RTC's headquarters, at 1523 Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz. Other agenda items deal with bicycle plans in Scotts Valley and Capitola, as well as hear a presentation regarding the Sierra Northern Railway's preliminary plan for recreational rail service and bicycle accommodations in light of the recent purchase agreement for the Union Pacific rail line.
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