Public Participation Plan for the CTP and FSTIP
On June 30, 2008 Caltrans completed its long-awaited public participation plan for involving the public in statewide planning and programming. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) enacted in 2005, required the State to develop a Public Participation Plan (PPP) for the long-range transportation plan and the State’s list of transportation projects. These documents, the California Transportation Plan (CTP) and the Federal Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (FSTIP) respectively, are two major products of the statewide transportation planning and programming process that result in transportation projects and services.
Key elements of these regulations require the State to develop a process that: 1) provides public input into the development of the PPP, 2) ensures that the process provides full and open access to all interested parties, and 3) revises the process based on public input, as appropriate.
The first step in developing the PPP was to find out how you want to be engaged. Focus groups, stakeholder interviews and a web survey were conducted to determine the general public’s level of knowledge, awareness, and interest in the CTP and FSTIP, and to identify preferred methods for public outreach and involvement. Using the initial input we received, we developed a draft PPP. This document was made available on this web page and distributed by postal and electronic mail to stakeholders for review and comment from March 13 through May 1, 2008.
We’d like to thank all of you who provided feedback on the draft PPP by either completing our survey online or submitting written comments. Your comments have been incorporated into the final published document.
Caltrans will periodically review and update this Public Participation Plan. Please check back for plan updates or to get involved in future public involvement activities, including those related to the development of the next CTP – the CTP 2035—and the FSTIP.