Transportation is not just being able to get from point A to point B. It involves a comprehensive planning process that considers important components such as air quality, alternative modes of transportation, improvements to current roadways, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Most importantly, the planning process involves the public.
Public involvement is a key component of the transportation planning and programming process. A proactive public involvement process is one that provides complete information, timely public notice, and full public access to major transportation decisions, and supports early and continuing involvement of the public in developing transportation plans and programs.
We are also asked to reach out to people who are traditionally underserved by transportation projects, such as low-income and minority households. In addition to ensuring that community members are involved, we must show that transportation investments are not adversely impacting these populations and that improvements are equitably distributed.