California Department of Transportation

Office Of Federal Transportation Management Program (OFTMP)

Public Participation Plan for the CTP and FSTIP

The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) enacted in 2005, requires the State to develop a Public Participation Plan (PPP) for the long-range transportation plan and the State’s list of prioritized transportation projects compiled from local and regional long range plans. On June 30, 2008, Caltrans completed the public participation plan for involving the public in statewide planning and programming. These documents, 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 the implementation of transportation projects and services.

Key elements of SAFETEA-LU regulations require the State to: 1) develop a process that provides public input into the development of the PPP, 2) ensure the process provides full and open access to all interested parties, and 3) revise the process based on public input, as appropriate.

Public Involvement Process

The first step in developing the PPP was to find out how the public prefers to be engaged. Focus groups, stakeholder interviews and a web survey were conducted to determine the 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, a draft PPP was developed. 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 would like to thank everyone who provided comments on the PPP by either completing our online survey or submitting written comments. Your comments have been incorporated into the final published document. Please see Appendix C for a summary of the comments received and how they were addressed and the Survey Summary Report for a full description of the survey.

Staying Involved!

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.

Public Participation Plan for CTP and FSTIP Documents (June 30, 2008)