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					             2007 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PLAN




                                        Prepared by:
                    Tulare County Association of Governments
                               5961 S Mooney Blvd
                                 Visalia, CA 93277
                                 P (559)733-6291
                                  F (559)733-6720
                             http://www.tularecog.org/




Preparation of this document was financed by the Federal Highway Administration, Federal
Transit Administration, the California Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Planning
Organization.
             2007 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PLAN
                                  Tulare County
                           Association of Governments
                        Metropolitan Planning Organization



                          Supervisor Allen Ishida, TCAG Chair
                             County of Tulare – District 1

                        Mayor Terry McKittrick, TCAG Vice Chair
                                    City of Dinuba

Councilman Paul Boyer                                    Supervisor Connie Conway
City of Farmersville                                     County of Tulare – District 2

Supervisor Phil Cox                                      Clifford Dunbar
County of Tulare – District 3                            Member-at-Large

Supervisor Mike Ennis                                    Mayor Pro Tem Pamela Kimball
County of Tulare – District 5                            City of Lindsay

Councilman Bob Link                                      Mayor Pro Tem Felipe Martinez
City of Visalia                                          City of Porterville

Bill McKinley                                            Councilman Charlie Norman
Member-at-Large                                          City of Exeter

Councilman Jack Ritchie                                  Vice Mayor Phil Vandegrift
City of Woodlake                                         City of Tulare

Supervisor J. Steven Worthley                            Bob Zimmerman
County of Tulare – District 4                            Member-at-Large




In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the MPO does not discriminate based
on race, color, national origin, sex, religion and disability in the execution of this Public
Participation Plan.


Please direct any questions or comments regarding this plan to Benjamin Giuliani at the address,
phone or fax number listed above or e-mail bgiuliani@co.tulare.ca.us



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                                      Table of Contents
I.     Introduction…………………………………………………………..1
       Tulare County
       Tulare County Association of Governments

II.    Guidelines…………………………………………………….…….. 3
       Purpose
       Background
       Participation Goals, Strategies and Procedures
       Participation Plan Updates

III.   Regional Transportation Plan…………………………………….. 6
       Background
       Goals, Strategies and Procedures
       Development and Circulation

IV.    Federal Transportation Improvement Program…………………. 8
       Background
       Goals, Strategies and Procedures
       Development and Circulation

V.     Overall Work Program……………………………………………..12
       Background
       Goals, Strategies and Procedures
       Development and Circulation

VI.    Special Planning Studies………………………………………….13
       Background
       Goals, Strategies and Procedures
       Development and Circulation

Appendix A – Development of the Public Participation Plan………..A-1

Appendix B – Response to Comments………………………………..B-1




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I.      Introduction

Tulare County
Tulare County, comprised of 4,824 square miles, is located in the southern portion of the
San Joaquin Valley. The Valley is between the Coast Range on the west and the Sierra
Nevada Range on the east. The Valley extends from Sacramento on the north, to the
Tehachapi Range on the south. The San Joaquin Valley is one of the richest farmlands
in the world. Tulare County has approximately one third of its land area in the Valley.
The remaining portion is in the Sierra Nevada Range. This offers an abundance of
scenic and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. The land in the Valley
produces a wide variety of agricultural products. Tulare County ranks second in the
nation in total agricultural income. The population of Tulare County is concentrated in
the Valley. There are eight incorporated cities accounting for 61 percent of the total
county’s approximate population of 420,000.

Tulare County Association of Governments
The Board of Governors directs TCAG. This group is composed of one representative
from each of the eight city councils, the five members of the County Board of
Supervisors, and three members-at-large. These sixteen members act as the Council of
Governments (COG), the Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA), and the
Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). These members, plus the District 6 Director
of Caltrans, sit as the Policy Advisory Committee. This body offers advice on issues that
will be presented to the Board of Governors. The Tulare County Transportation
Authority is governed by the elected members of the TCAG Board of Governors. The
Authority is designated to act on Measure R (the Tulare County ½ percent sales tax)
issues.

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) makes recommendations to the Board of
Governors. This committee is comprised of representatives from each of the eight cities,
the Tulare County Resource Management Agency, Caltrans, the Tule River Tribal
Council and TCAG Staff. This committee meets once a month prior to TCAG meetings
to review upcoming Board agenda items and to discuss outstanding issues of regional
significance.

The transit operators in Tulare County are represented on the TCAG Board of
Governors and the Technical Advisory Committee by an elected official of the operator’s
decision-making body and by a technical staff person respectively. In addition, the
Transit Forum is composed of representatives from each of the transit providing
agencies and TCAG Staff. The Forum meets every two months to exchange information
and discuss transit related issues.

The Social Service Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC), responsible for the annual
review of the Unmet Transit Needs in the County, is another permanent committee of
TCAG. This review results in a recommendation of findings to the TCAG Board of
Governors, who then considers the recommendation and makes the final Unmet Needs
Determination. This council meets quarterly (at a minimum) and represents the following
agencies and groups of people: handicapped transit users, transit users – over 60 years
of age, social service providers for Seniors, social service providers for the handicapped,


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social service providers for persons of limited means, consolidated transportation service
agency for non-urbanized areas, consolidated transportation service agency for
urbanized areas and the Center for Independent Living.

The Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) meets at least quarterly and is
responsible for observing, analyzing, and reporting on new programs such as
amendments to the State and Federal Endangered Species Acts, Sequoia National
Forest Service Management Plans, new listing or removing proposals, proposed
changes to the California Environmental Quality Act, and any federal, state, or local
agency proposal that affects environmental issues in Tulare County, including important
NEPA and CEQA documents, and any particular project TCAG may assign to the
Committee. The EAC also makes recommendations to the TCAG Board regarding
environmental mitigation banking sites. This committee is represented by the following
agencies and organizations: Sequoia National Park, Irrigation Districts, TCAG, Tulare
County City Managers, Sierra Los Tules Land Trust, Agricultural Commissioner, U.S.
Fish & Wildlife Service, California Dept. of Fish & Game, Tulare County Redevelopment
Agency, County of Tulare, County of Tulare Parks Dept., Kaweah Delta Water
Conservation District, Bureau of Land Management and Caltrans.

The Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) meets at least quarterly and is responsible for
advising the TCAG Board regarding the development and maintenance of bicycle
interests within Tulare County. This committee is comprised of members from the
following groups: Planning and Public Works Staff from the County and eight
incorporated cities, bicycle facility users, school officials, local service clubs, law
enforcement officials, local citizens and TCAG staff.

The Measure R Citizens Oversight Committee meets monthly and is responsible for
providing input on implementation of the Measure R Expenditure Plan and to advise the
TCAG Board if and when the Plan needs to be augmented and to ensure that the funds
are being spent in accordance with the Plan. This committee is comprised of non-
elected citizens from the following groups: the County of Tulare, the eight incorporated
cities, a major private sector employer (nominated by the Tulare County Economic
Development Corporation), the building industry (nominated by the Tulare County
Building Association), the agriculture industry (nominated by the Tulare County Farm
Bureau), the Hispanic community (nominated by the Tulare-Kings Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce), advocacy group representing bicyclists, pedestrians and/or transit (selected
through application), a professional in the field of audit, finance and/or budgeting
(selected through application) and an environmental advocacy group (selected through
application).

The Regional Blueprint Technical Advisory Committee meets monthly and is responsible
for reviewing Blueprint staff work, recommending actions to the TCAG Board and
providing TCAG staff with content-type advice on Blueprint planning issues. This
committee is comprised of a planning staff person from each of the eight incorporated
cities, the County Planning Department and the County Community Development and
Redevelopment Agency.




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II.      Guidelines

Purpose
The purpose of the Tulare County Association of Governments’ (TCAG) Public
Participation Plan is to help ensure that citizens, organizations and public agencies are
kept informed and involved in TCAG’s various programs, projects and work activities.
This includes, but is not limited to, the development and the amendment of the Regional
Transportation Plan (RTP), Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) and
the Overall Work Program (OWP). The process used to develop the Public Participation
Plan is outlined in Appendix A.

Background
The Public Participation Plan is to be developed using principles as required by Code of
Federal Regulations, Title 23, Sec. 450.316:
(a)    The MPO shall develop and use a documented participation plan that defines a process for
       providing citizens, affected public agencies, representatives of public transportation
       employees, freight shippers, providers of freight transportation services, private providers
       of transportation, representatives of users of public transportation, representatives of users
       of pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities, representatives of the
       disabled, and other interested parties with reasonable opportunities to be involved in the
       metropolitan transportation planning process.
(1)    The participation plan shall be developed by the MPO in consultation with all interested
       parties and shall, at a minimum, describe explicit procedures, strategies, and desired
       outcomes for:
(i)    Providing adequate public notice of public participation activities and time for public
       review and comment at key decision points, including but not limited to a reasonable
       opportunity to comment on the proposed metropolitan transportation plan and the TIP;
(ii)   Providing timely notice and reasonable access to information about transportation issues
       and processes;
(iii) Employing visualization techniques to describe metropolitan transportation plans and TIPs;
(iv)   Making public information (technical information and meeting notices) available in
       electronically accessible formats and means, such as the World Wide Web;
(v)    Holding any public meetings at convenient and accessible locations and times;
(vi)   Demonstrating explicit consideration and response to public input received during the
       development of the metropolitan transportation plan and the TIP;
(vii) Seeking out and considering the needs of those traditionally underserved by existing
       transportation systems, such as low-income and minority households, who may face
       challenges accessing employment and other services;


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(viii) Providing an additional opportunity for public comment, if the final metropolitan
        transportation plan or TIP differs significantly from the version that was made available
        for public comment by the MPO and raises new material issues which interested parties
        could not reasonably have foreseen from the public involvement efforts;
(ix)    Coordinating with the statewide transportation planning public involvement and
        consultation processes under subpart B of this part; and
(x)     Periodically reviewing the effectiveness of the procedures and strategies contained in the
        participation plan to ensure a full and open participation process.


Participation Goals, Strategies and Procedures
TCAG recognizes that the involvement of the public and agencies, organizations and
other groups which represent the public is pivotal in to the success of transportation
programs, plans and projects in Tulare County. Listed below are goals, strategies and
procedures regarding public participation in TCAG’s planning processes:

       Goal: Raise the public’s level of understanding of transportation planning processes
             in the County.
              Strategy: Use a variety of presentation methods and modes of
                        communication to disseminate information to the public.
              Procedures:
              •    Use TCAG’s ‘On the Move’ newsletter to highlight important
                   transportation issues.
              •    Post important public documents such as the RTP, FTIP, OWP and
                   Special Planning Studies on the TCAG website
                   (http://www.tularecog.org/)
              •    Work with other agencies and organizations to educate and inform the
                   public regarding transportation processes.
              •    Respond to the public’s requests or questions in a timely and
                   professional manner.
              •    Use maps, charts and other visualization techniques to convey
                   transportation related information.
              •    Use TCAG’s public relations consultant to issue news releases
                   regarding important transportation processes and accomplishments.

       Goal: Increase opportunities for public involvement in transportation planning
             processes.
              Strategy: Provide varied opportunities for public review and input and be
                        responsive to that input.
              Procedures:
              •    Provide timely public notice of meetings.
              •    Conduct or attend project/process focused meetings outside the usual
                   monthly TCAG Board meeting to gather public input.




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            •     Work with other public agencies and organizations to gather public input
                  regarding transportation processes and issues.
            •     Respond to public input in a professional, timely and accurate manner.

    Goal: Involve traditionally under-served persons such as low-income and minority
          households, the elderly, those addressed by the Americans with Disabilities
          Act (ADA) and Native American tribal governments and communities in
          transportation planning processes.
            Strategy: Provide forums and seek alternative methods to reach out and
                      address the transportation related needs of traditionally under-
                      served persons.

            Procedures:
            •    Use SSTAC as a forum to address transit needs for traditionally under-
                 served persons.
            •    Provide Spanish language translation at meetings or for written
                 documents when necessary.
            •    TCAG meeting locations should be reasonably accessible to those
                 addressed by the ADA.
            •    Use TAC, through the Tule River Tribe’s representative, as a forum to
                 keep the Tribe informed of transportation issues both significant to the
                 Tribe and to the County as a whole.
            •    Conduct formal consultation with the Tule River Tribe Council at least
                 once a year to determine if Tribal transportation issues are being
                 adequately addressed.
            •    Work with other public agencies and organizations which represent
                 traditionally under-served persons to maintain a two-way dialogue
                 regarding transportation processes and issues that are important to
                 them.

    Goal: Involve other public agencies, organizations and other groups which represent
          various segments of the public in transportation planning processes.
            Strategy: Provide forums and seek alternative methods to seek input and
                      involvement from other public agencies, organizations and groups.
            Procedures:
            •    Provide opportunities for member public agencies to be kept informed
                 and involved in transportation planning processes through TAC and
                 other TCAG committees.
            •    Provide opportunities for resource agencies to be kept informed and
                 involved in transportation planning process through EAC and other
                 TCAG committees.
            •    Attend meetings and give presentations to other public agencies,
                 organizations and other groups regarding transportation processes and
                 issues.




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Participation Plan Updates
The Public Participation Plan is not intended to be a static document. It will need to be
periodically reviewed to evaluate its effectiveness in promoting public participation in
TCAG’s transportation planning processes. The Plan will be comprehensively reviewed
every four years (at a minimum) in the year preceding the adoption of an RTP update.
The next currently scheduled RTP update is in 2011. This will ensure that the Public
Participation Plan will be reviewed and revised as necessary preceding the public
outreach efforts for the development of each successive RTP update.


III.      Regional Transportation Plan

Background
The RTP is a 20-year planning document that serves as TCAG’s long-range plan. The
RTP is a state-mandated document that describes existing and projected transportation
conditions, needs, alternatives and their consequences. The RTP is inclusive of all
types of transportation modes including mass transit, non-motorized (bicycle and
pedestrian), rail and aviation. The first RTP was written and adopted in 1975 with
updates every two years. In 1999 the California Transportation Commission changed
the requirement to every three years and then changed it to every four years in 2006 to
meet the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy
for Users (SAFETEA-LU) requirements. The document is based on regional
transportation facilities and proposed constrained improvements funded during the time
frame of the Plan.

Goals, Strategies and Procedures

       Goal: Raise the public’s level of understanding of the Regional Transportation Plan.
              Strategy: Use a variety of presentation methods and modes of
                        communication to disseminate information to the public.
              Procedures:
              •    Use TCAG’s ‘On the Move’ newsletter to highlight the RTP.
              •    Post the RTP on the TCAG website (http://www.tularecog.org/)
              •    Work with other agencies and organizations to educate and inform the
                   public regarding the RTP.
              •    Respond to the public’s requests or questions in a timely and
                   professional manner.
              •    Use maps, charts and other visualization techniques to convey
                   information regarding and within the RTP.
              •    Use TCAG’s public relations consultant to issue news releases
                   regarding important meetings, milestones and accomplishments related
                   to the RTP.

       Goal: Increase opportunities for public involvement in transportation planning
             processes.




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            Strategy: Provide varied opportunities for public review and input and be
                      responsive to that input.
            Procedures:
            •    Provide timely public notice of meetings for RTP updates and when
                 required, RTP amendments.
            •    Conduct or attend project/process focused meetings outside the usual
                 monthly TCAG Board meeting to gather public input. This includes
                 giving presentations at city councils, town councils and community
                 groups.
            •    Use exhibits and hand-outs to highlight and inform that public of the
                 RTP and other transportation issues at the Tulare County Fair.

    Goal: Involve traditionally under-served persons such as low-income and minority
          households, the elderly, those addressed by the Americans with Disabilities
          Act (ADA) and Native American tribes in transportation planning processes.
            Strategy: Provide forums and seek alternative methods to reach out and
                      address the transportation related needs of traditionally under-
                      served persons.
            Procedures:
            •    Use SSTAC as a forum to address transit needs for traditionally under-
                 served persons.
            •    Provide Spanish language translation at meetings or for written
                 documents when necessary.
            •    TCAG meeting locations regarding the RTP should be reasonably
                 accessible to those addressed by the ADA.
            •    Meet with the Tule River Tribe Council at least once a year to determine
                 if Tribal transportation issues are being adequately addressed in the
                 RTP.

    Goal: Involve other public agencies, organizations and other groups which represent
          various segments of the public in transportation planning processes.
            Strategy: Provide forums and seek alternative methods to seek input and
                      involvement from other public agencies, organizations and groups.
            Procedures:
            •    Provide opportunities for member public agencies to be kept informed
                 and involved in transportation planning processes through TAC and
                 other TCAG committees.
            •    Provide opportunities for resource agencies to be kept informed and
                 involved in transportation planning process through EAC and other
                 TCAG committees.
            •    For Air Quality Conformity, follow the interagency consultation
                 procedures as outlined in 40 CRF 93.105.
            •    Attend meetings and give presentations to other public agencies,
                 organizations and other groups regarding transportation processes and
                 issues.




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Development and Circulation
Updates
The development of a RTP update generally begins about a year before anticipated
adoption. The following is a general timeline and description of public and interested
party involvement in the RTP update process.

Before work on the RTP update begins, a Request for Proposals is sent out to qualified
consultants for the completion of an (Subsequent) Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
for the RTP. TCAG staff grade the returned applications (for comprehension of the
project, completeness, references, cost, etc.) and a consultant is selected by the Board.
TCAG staff works with the consultant in data gathering, conducting meetings and
enlisting public involvement in the development of the EIR. The Draft EIR is subject to a
45-day public review period and is posted on the TCAG website. The distribution list for
the Draft EIR includes the Resource Agencies (among others) listed in Exhibit 3 of
Appendix A. The development of the EIR is done in coordination with the development
of the RTP.

TCAG annually has a booth at the Tulare County Fair where information regarding the
RTP and other transportation processes and issues are displayed and distributed (such
as transit schedules, information regarding the Measure R sales tax, etc.). In addition,
surveys are distributed in English and Spanish to gather information from the public
regarding transportation related issues. With coordination from TCAG’s public relations
consultant, TCAG staff participates in a number of public outreach presentations at
service clubs, member agencies, town councils, professional groups, Tule River Tribal
Council and any other agency or group willing to hear a presentation on the RTP. After
these initial outreach events, draft RTP policies are developed. These draft policies are
posted on the TCAG website and circulated to member agencies and EAC (see
description of EAC and its membership in Section I) for review.

Following the early review of the draft RTP policies, the Draft RTP is developed and
released for a 60-day comment period (at minimum). The Draft is mailed to member
agencies, Resource Agencies, Tule River Tribe and other interested parties and is
posted on the TCAG website. During this period, another series of public outreach
presentations are conducted and the Draft RTP is reviewed by the EAC and TAC. The
Draft RTP is presented and additional comments are received at a public workshop
during a TCAG Board hearing. The Draft RTP and EIR are subject to a 10-day public
notice which is posted in the three Tulare County daily newspapers. In addition, through
TCAG’s public relations consultant, information regarding the RTP is distributed through
press releases and TCAG’s ‘On the Move’ newsletter. All comments regarding the RTP
and associated EIR are considered and the final documents are presented to TCAG for
approval at the following Board meeting. After approval, the Final RTP and EIR are
posted TCAG’s website and distributed to FHWA, FTA, Caltrans, San Joaquin Valley
COGs, San Joaquin Valley APCD, EPA, ARB and member agencies. [Note: All of
TCAG’s planning documents are available upon request in hard-copy format.]

Amendments
RTP amendments are usually triggered by a project specific need to be consistent with
either the project’s environmental document or the Federal Transportation Improvement
Program (FTIP). The process of RTP amendments follows the process of the specific
FTIP amendment.


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IV.      Federal Transportation Improvement Program

Background
The Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) is a federal requirement for
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) that was created in 1991. The FTIP is a
financially constrained transportation-programming document developed in cooperation
with state and federal agencies and the eight San Joaquin Valley Counties. The 2007
FTIP is a compilation of transportation projects that include full or partial federal funding.
Projects include FTA urbanized and non-urbanized areas funding, Congestion Mitigation
and Air Quality Program (CMAQ), Transportation Enhancement (TE) and other
programs using federal funding.

The FTIP is composed of two parts. The first is a priority list of projects and project
segments to be carried out in a four year period. The second is a financial plan that
demonstrates how the FTIP can be implemented. The financial plan is also required to
indicate all public and private resources and financing techniques that are expected to
be used to carry out the program. Federal legislation has further defined the FTIP
process focusing on enhanced public and public agency participation.

The basic premise behind a FTIP is that it is the incremental implementation (four years)
of the long-range RTP (20 years). The FTIP was developed, for federal funding
agencies, to manage components of funding the RTP and is comprehensively updated
every two years.

Goals, Strategies and Procedures
      Goal: Raise the public’s level of understanding of the Federal Transportation
            Improvement Program.
             Strategy: Use a variety of presentation methods and modes of
                       communication to disseminate information to the public.
             Procedures:
             •    Use TCAG’s ‘On the Move’ newsletter to highlight the FTIP.
             •    Post the FTIP on the TCAG website (http://www.tularecog.org/)
             •    Work with other agencies and organizations to educate and inform the
                  public regarding the FTIP.
             •    Respond to the public’s requests or questions in a timely and
                  professional manner.
             •    Use maps, charts and other visualization techniques to convey
                  information regarding FTIP.
             •    Use TCAG’s public relations consultant to issue news releases
                  regarding important meetings, milestones and accomplishments related
                  to the FTIP.




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    Goal: Increase opportunities for public involvement in transportation planning
          processes.
            Strategy: Provide varied opportunities for public review and input and be
                      responsive to that input.
            Procedures:
            •    Provide timely public notice of meetings for FTIP updates and when
                 required, FTIP amendments.
            •    Conduct or attend project/process focused meetings outside the usual
                 monthly TCAG Board meeting to gather public input. This includes
                 giving presentations at city councils, town councils and community
                 groups.
            •    Use exhibits and hand-outs to highlight and inform that public of the
                 FTIP and other transportation issues at the Tulare County Fair.

    Goal: Involve traditionally under-served persons such as low-income and minority
          households, the elderly, those addressed by the Americans with Disabilities
          Act (ADA) and Native American tribes in transportation planning processes.
            Strategy: Provide forums and seek alternative methods to reach out and
                      address the transportation related needs of traditionally under-
                      served persons.
            Procedures:
            •    Use SSTAC as a forum to address transit needs for traditionally under-
                 served persons.
            •    Provide Spanish language translation at meetings or for written
                 documents when necessary.
            •    TCAG meeting locations regarding the FTIP should be reasonably
                 accessible to those addressed by the ADA.
            •    Meet with the Tule River Tribe Council at least once a year to determine
                 if Tribal transportation issues are being adequately addressed in the
                 FTIP.

    Goal: Involve other public agencies, organizations and other groups which represent
          various segments of the public in transportation planning processes.
            Strategy: Provide forums and seek alternative methods to seek input and
                      involvement from other public agencies, organizations and groups.
            Procedures:
            •    Provide opportunities for member public agencies to be kept informed
                 and involved in transportation planning processes through TAC and
                 other TCAG committees.
            •    Provide opportunities for that resource agencies to be kept informed
                 and involved in the FTIP process through EAC and timely distribution of
                 FTIP amendment requests to Caltrans and FHWA (when required).
            •    Attend meetings and give presentations to other public agencies,
                 organizations and other groups regarding the FTIP when necessary.




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Development and Circulation
Expedited Project Selection Procedures (EPSP):
EPSP allows eligible projects to be moved between FTIP fiscal years within the four year
FTIP as long as the project cost and scope do not change. TCAG staff is authorized to
utilize EPSP without additional state or federal approval action.

Amendment Type 1 – Administrative:
Administrative amendments include minor changes to project cost (less than 20%),
scope, schedule or funding sources. They require action by TCAG and approval by
Caltrans. Federal agencies are notified but do not take approval action. Public
notification is posted on TCAG’s website (http://www.tularecog.org/) at the time of the
action and subsequently posted on Caltrans website (www.dot.ca.gov/hq/transprog)
after their approval.

Amendment Type 2 – Formal Amendment (Funding Changes):
Type 2 amendments include project cost changes that are greater than $2 million or
20% of the total project cost, whichever is lower. Public notice is posted 30 days prior to
adoption in the Visalia Times-Delta (VTD) and posted on the TCAG website prior to
TCAG action. Its distributed to local agencies through the TAC. These amendments
require approval by TCAG, Caltrans and FHWA. The approving TCAG resolution and
amendment is forwarded to Caltrans and FHWA for approval both in hard copy and
electronic format.

Amendment Type 3 – Formal Amendment (Exempt Projects):
Type 3 amendments included adding or deleting projects that are exempt from regional
air quality emissions analysis such as transit buses, etc. These amendments typically
include transit or safety projects. Public notice is posted 30 days prior to adoption in the
Visalia Times-Delta (VTD) and posted on the TCAG website prior to TCAG action. Its
distributed to local agencies through the TAC. These amendments require approval by
TCAG, Caltrans and FHWA. The approving TCAG resolution and amendment is
forwarded to Caltrans and FHWA for approval both in hard copy and electronic format.

Amendment Type 4 – Formal Amendment (Conformity Determination that Relies on a
Previous Regional Emissions Analysis):
Type 4 amendments include adding or deleting projects that have already been
appropriately modeled for air quality purposes as part of the RTP. Federal approving
agencies can use a previous analysis of the project’s impact on air quality for approval
purposes. These amendments may be accompanied by an RTP amendment to
maintain consistency. Public notice is posted 30 days prior to adoption in the Visalia
Times-Delta (VTD) and posted on the TCAG website prior to TCAG action. Its
distributed to local agencies through the TAC. These amendments require approval by
TCAG, Caltrans and FHWA. The approving TCAG resolution and amendment is
forwarded to Caltrans and FHWA for approval both in hard copy and electronic format.

Amendment Type 5 – Formal Amendment (Conformity Determination and New Regional
Emissions Analysis):
Type 5 amendments are the highest level amendment and involve adding or deleting
new projects that result in new modeling for air quality impacts or significantly changing
the design concept, scope or schedule of an existing project. These are accompanied
by a new Air Quality Conformity document that demonstrates conformity with applicable


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air quality requirements. These amendments may be accompanied by an RTP
amendment to maintain consistency. Public notice is posted 30 days prior to adoption in
the Visalia Times-Delta (VTD) and posted on the TCAG website prior to TCAG action. It
is distributed to local agencies through the TAC. These amendments require approval
by TCAG, Caltrans and FHWA and are distributed to the California Air Resources Board
(CARB) and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. The approving TCAG
resolution and amendment is forwarded to Caltrans and FHWA for approval both in hard
copy and electronic format.

‘Local agencies’ include the Cities of Dinuba, Exeter, Farmersville, Lindsay, Porterville,
Tulare, Visalia and Woodlake, Tulare County and the Tule River Indian Tribe. FTIP
updates follow the same process as Type 5 amendments. Copies of all amendments
and updates are posted on the TCAG website (http://www.tularecog.org/) and
hardcopies are provided to other agencies, organizations or individuals upon request.


V.      Overall Work Program

Background
The Program contains work elements with detailed tasks as well as revenues and
expenditures anticipated for the year. The following is a summary of major work
products and highlights from the 2007/08 OWP:
        1. Develop a revised Public Participation Plan for SAFETEA-LU Compliance
        2. Measure R Implementation.
        3. Continued work on the Valley Regional Blueprint which includes a Tulare
            County Vision, Scenario development, and public outreach.
        4. Quarterly Board Member workshops.
        5. Continued funding of $1,000 to each member agency for transportation
            training.
        6. Completion of the draft 2008 Federal Transportation Improvement Program
            (FTIP).
        7. Travel forecasting services.
        8. Update the Tulare County Transportation Bicycle Plan and assistance to
            member agencies with the preparation of local bicycle transportation plans
            and grant requests.
        9. Special Studies
                a. Completion of 2006/07 studies
                b. SR-99 South Corridor Phase II
                c. As-needed traffic engineering services (non-federal funds)
                d. Completion of Light Rail Feasibility Study
        10. Continued City of Visalia and Porterville Urbanized Area transit planning
            efforts.
        11. Support for regional rideshare program through Kings County Transit.
        13. Continued public information and participation.
        14. Continued Air Quality monitoring and planning efforts.
        15. Continued TCAG RACM monitoring of commitments.




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Goals, Strategies and Procedures
Goal:        Increase opportunities for public involvement and understanding of the
             Overall Work Program.
             Strategy: Provide varied opportunities for public review and input and be
                       responsive to that input.
             Procedures:
             •    Provide timely public notice of public meetings related to the OWP.
             •    Conduct a public workshop to present the Draft OWP to the TCAG
                  Board and any other interested party.
             •    Post the Draft and Final OWPs on the TCAG website.

Goal:        Involve other public agencies, organizations and other groups which represent
             various segments of the public in transportation planning processes.
             Strategy: Provide forums and seek alternative methods to seek input and
                       involvement from other public agencies, organizations and groups.
             Procedures:
             •    Provide opportunities for member public agencies to be kept informed
                  and involved in the development of the OWP through TAC.
             •    Provide the Draft OWP to Caltrans, FHWA and FTA in a timely manner
                  and address comments that are received.
             •    Attend meetings and give presentations as needed.

Development and Circulation
        The Draft OWP is provided to TAC for initial review and posted on the TCAG website.
        The Draft OWP is provided for Interagency Consultation (this includes Caltrans,
        FHWA and FTA).
        Meet with Caltrans, FHWA and FTA staff to review the OWP and receive comments.
        The Draft OWP is updated to address comments received from TAC and the
        Interagency Consultation.
        The Draft OWP is presented at a public workshop to the TCAG Board and
        opportunity is given to receive additional comments.
        All additional comments are considered and the Final OWP is developed.
        The Final OWP is presented to the TCAG Board for approval.
        The Final OWP is posted on the TCAG website.
        The Final OWP is sent to FHWA/FTA for approval.


VI.      Special Planning Studies

Background
TCAG engages in a variety of special planning studies in addition to the development of
the RTP and FTIP. Recent examples of this include the San Joaquin Valley Regional
Blueprint, the Regional Bike Plan and the Light Rail Preliminary Feasibility Study. The
Regional Blueprint is currently the largest on-going special planning project at TCAG and
is a prime example of a cross-jurisdictional plan that is being jointly developed by the


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eight San Joaquin Valley Councils of Government (COGs). Listed below is a description
of the Blueprint:
Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) is one of eight Councils of
Government that will collaboratively develop the San Joaquin Valley Regional Blueprint.
In conjunction with Fresno (http://www.fresnocog.org/), Kern (http://www.kerncog.org/),
Kings (http://www.countyofkings.com/kcag/), Madera (http://www.maderactc.org/),
Merced (http://www.mcagov.org/), San Joaquin (http://www.sjcog.org/), and Stanislaus
(http://www.stancog.org/) Councils of Government, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution
Control District (http://www.valleyair.org/) and the Great Valley Center
(http://www.greatvalley.org/), TCAG will be establishing the valley-wide fifty-year vision
that the Blueprint is to represent. Three quality of life outcomes, called the 3Es, are
stated goals for the Blueprint: a prosperous economy, a quality environment, and social
equity. The 3Es are goals we think we can achieve as a valley by integrating our
respective local plans in transportation, housing, land use, environmental resources,
infrastructure, and other services into a cooperative valley-wide document.

Goals, Objectives and Policies
Included, as necessary, within the individual study’s plan. For example, the Citizen
Participation Plan for the San Joaquin Valley Regional Blueprint is posted here:
http://www.tularecog.org/regionalblueprint.htm

Development and Circulation
Determined, as necessary, within the individual study’s plan. For an example, refer to
the Citizen Participation Plan for the San Joaquin Valley Regional Blueprint.




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Appendix A – Development of the Public Participation Plan

Pursuant to SAFETEA-LU, an MPO’s Public Participation Plan must be developed in
consultation with ‘all interested parties’. Listed below is the step by step process used to
develop the Plan:

        TCAG staff met with FHWA staff in Sacramento on June 5, 2007 to discuss the
        process to be used in developing the Public Participation Plan. It was agreed
        that FHWA would be kept informed of TCAG’s progress via the adoption of
        monthly resolutions by the Board regarding the progress of the Public
        Participation Plan and the overall effort to obtain SAFETEA-LU compliance of the
        RTP. [Note: Copies of all documentation provided to the Board was also
        provided to FHWA staff for review in advance of Board meetings.]
        On July 16, 2007, TCAG adopted a schedule [Exhibit 1] for the completion of the
        remaining SAFETEA-LU requirements as identified in the SAFETEA-LU Gap
        Analysis of the 2007 RTP (document available here: http://www.tularecog.org/)
        [Note: All Board agenda items are reviewed with the Technical Advisory
        Committee (TAC), the Thursday prior to the Board meeting.]
        On August 6, 2007, a letter, survey and outline of the Public Participation Plan
        [Exhibit 2] was sent to all identified Resource Agencies [Exhibit 3] and every
        agency, organization and individual on TCAG’s various mailing lists [Exhibit 4].
        [Note: Resource Agencies as identified by Caltrans with additional agencies
        identified by TCAG staff.]
        On August 20, 2007, the outline of the Public Participation Plan was presented to
        TCAG and the Board certified the progress towards SAFETEA-LU compliance of
        the 2007 RTP [Exhibit 5].
        29 responses were received (3 from Resource Agencies: San Joaquin Valley
        Unified Air Pollution Control District, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Caltrans –
        District 6): 22 – I decline to comment at this time but would like to receive the
        Draft Public Participation Plan, 2 – I don’t want to participate in this process, 3 –
        Please contact me to discuss my comments, 1 – I would like to request a
        meeting and one tribe, the Tubatulabals of Kern Valley, submitted comments
        [Exhibit 6].
        From September 4 through September 7, 2007, the Tule River Tribe and
        Resource Agencies which didn’t respond to the initial mailing were contacted via
        phone or e-mail regarding their interest in participating in the development of the
        Plan.
        From September 12 through September 16, 2007, a survey [Exhibit 7] in English
        and Spanish was distributed at the Tulare County Fair. The survey contained 3
        questions relating to transportation and public participation issues. 81 surveys
        were returned [Results – Exhibit 8].
        On September 17, 2007, TCAG certified the progress towards SAFETEA-LU
        compliance of the 2007 RTP and adopted a revised schedule for the completion
        of the SAFETEA-LU Gap requirements [Exhibit 9].




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        The Public Participation Plan development process was reviewed with the Social
        Service Transportation Advisory Council [Agenda – Exhibit 10]. (The only
        request for a meeting regarding the Public Participation Plan outline came from a
        member of this Council.)
        On October 1, 2007, Notice of Public Hearing was posted in the three daily
        newspapers in Tulare County – the Visalia Times-Delta, Tulare Advance Register
        and Porterville Recorder [Exhibit 11].
        On October 5, 2007 the Draft Plan was released for the mandatory 45-day public
        review period (ending on November 19, 2007). The Plan was mailed or e-mailed
        (by request) to all identified Resource Agencies, the Tule River Tribe and all
        other agencies, organizations or individuals which specifically requested a copy
        of the Draft Plan in the initial survey [Exhibit 12]. In addition, a letter was sent to all
        remaining agencies, organizations and individuals on TCAG mailing lists notifying
        them that the Draft Plan was available for review and is posted on the TCAG
        website [Exhibit 13].

        From October 5 to November 19, 2007 comments were accepted regarding the
        Draft Public Participation Plan. Comments regarding the Draft Plan were
        received from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, Caltrans –
        Division of Aeronautics and Caltrans – District 6. In addition, general comments
        were received from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
        (Comments and response to comments are included in Appendix B.)
        On October 15, 2007 a public hearing was opened for the Draft Public
        Participation Plan at the TCAG Board meeting and continued to the November
        19, 2007 Board meeting. The Board adopted a resolution certifying additional
        progress towards SAFETEA-LU compliance [Exhibit 14].
        On October 29, 2007 the Draft Plan was reviewed by the Environmental Advisory
        Committee (EAC) [Agenda – Exhibit 15].
        On November 19, 2007 the public hearing for the Draft Plan was resumed and
        closed at the TCAG Board meeting. The Board adopted a resolution certifying
        additional progress towards SAFETEA-LU compliance [Exhibit 16].
        From November 19 to November 30, the Final Public Participation Plan, revised
        as appropriate based on comment, was completed.
        On December 10, 2007, adoption of the Final Public Participation Plan by the
        TCAG Board.




2007 TCAG Public Participation Plan                                                           A-2
                                                                                                Exhibit 1



 1          BEFORE THE TULARE COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS
 2                  COUNTY OF TULARE, STATE OF CALIFORNIA
 3
 4   IN THE MATTER OF ADOPTING THE                       )
 5   2007 REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN                   )
 6   SAFETEA-LU GAP SCHEDULE                             )       RESOLUTION NO. 1707
 7
 8          WHEREAS, the Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) is a Regional
 9   Transportation Planning Agency and a Metropolitan Planning Organization, pursuant to State
10   and Federal designation; and
11
12          WHEREAS, on May 21, 2007, TCAG adopted the Tulare County 2007 Regional
13   Transportation Plan (RTP), the Final Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Tulare
14   County 2007 RTP, the 2007 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment
15   #8 and Air Quality Conformity Analysis for the 2007 RTP and FTIP Amendment #8; and
16
17          WHEREAS, the SAFETEA-LU Gap Analysis, Appendix F of the 2007 RTP, lists the
18   transportation planning and programming requirements to bring the RTP into SAFETEA-LU
19   compliance; and
20
21           WHEREAS, on July 16, 2007, information has been presented to the Board, including
22   Staff’s report and associated documents relating to the progress towards SAFETEA-LU
23   compliance. All of said information, materials, facts, reports and other evidence are
24   incorporated by reference herein.
25
26          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED as follows:
27
28           1. Based upon the evidence and information on the record before it, the Board finds
29   that the following transportation planning and programming components as listed in the
30   SAFETEA-LU Gap Analysis (Appendix F of the 2007 RTP) meet SAFETEA-LU requirements:
31
32              a.    Updated Cycles – The 2007 FTIP Amendment #8 includes 4 years of
33                    programming.
34
35              b.    The Annual Listing of Projects was completed for 2006/07 and includes
36                    obligated bike and pedestrian projects.
37
38              c.    Transportation Safety – The 2007 RTP goals and objectives were reviewed and
39                    updated to reflect the importance of transportation safety. The Board hereby
40                    adopts the County’s Emergency Response Plan as it relates to Transportation
41                    Safety.
42
43              d.    Transit Security – The 2007 RTP goals and objectives were reviewed and
44                    updated to reflect the importance of transit security and safety requirements for
45                    Transit Development Plans.

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 2              e.    Fiscal Constraint – The 2007 RTP and 2007 FTIP Amendment No. 8 are
 3                    financially constrained.
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 5              f.    Environmental Mitigation Activities – The 2007 RTP includes goals and
 6                    policies regarding environmental mitigation activities.
 7
 8              g.    The adopted Air Quality Conformity Analysis for the 2007 RTP and 2007
 9                    FTIP Amendment #8 is SAFETEA-LU compliant.
10
11              h.    Interested Parties and Participation – Visual techniques such as large color
12                    maps and PowerPoint presentations were used for public presentations in the
13                    development of the 2007 RTP. An example presentation along with a list of
14                    outreach events were provided in Appendix G of the 2007 RTP.
15
16          2. The Board recognizes that while the above listed requirements are SAFETEA-LU
17   compliant, this does not preclude further review, updates and enhancements to maintain said
18   compliance for the 2008 RTP.
19
20          3. The Board hereby adopts the attached schedule for the completion of the remaining
21   requirements (Public Participation Plan and Public Transit Element).
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SAFETEA-LU GAP REQUIREMENTS SCHEDLUE
                                                  July             August               September                   October            November
                                             16    23 30      6    13 20      27    3    10 17 24           1   8     15 22   29   5    12 19 26
                               TCAG Meetings X                         X                      X                        X                    X

Gap Analysis:
Adoption of completed requirements and
                                                       (There will be an on-going effort to maintain compliance of the completed requirements.)
remaining schedule
Public Participation Plan:
Outline of Plan

Letter to interested parties
Contact interested parties that have not
responded
Schedule meetings with interested parties,
as necessary
Draft of Plan

Send Draft to interested parties for review

Final Plan

Public Transit Element:
Draft of Coordination Plan

Send Draft for review

Final Coordination Plan



     Deliverables

'Interested Parties' include resource agencies and other public and private organizations and individuals
Exhibit 2
                                [Agency Letterhead, if applicable]



                                               [Date]

Benjamin Giuliani
Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG)
5961 S Mooney Blvd
Visalia, CA 93277

Dear Benjamin:

I have received the notice regarding the TCAG’s request to comment on its public participation
process.
____   I would like to comment on the public participation process described in the 2007 Public
       Participation Plan outline.

       _____ I would like to request a meeting. Please contact me to schedule.

       _____ Please contact me to discuss my comments.

       _____ I will submit my comments by August 30th, 2007.

____   I decline to comment at this time but would like to receive the Draft Public Participation
       Plan when it is available.

____   I do not wish to participate in this process.

____   I would like additional information regarding:

       ________________________________________________________________


Sincerely,


[Name]
[Agency]
[Contact Information]


You may respond in one of the following ways:
By e-mail to bgiuliani@co.tulare.ca.us
By fax to 559-733-6720, attn: Benjamin Giuliani
By mail to: Benjamin Giuliani, TCAG, 5961 S Mooney Blvd, Visalia, CA 93277
                         TCAG PARTICIPATION PLAN OUTLINE
Background:
This Participation Plan is to be developed using principles as required by Code of Federal
Regulations, Title 23, Sec. 450.316:
(a)    The MPO shall develop and use a documented participation plan that defines a process for
       providing citizens, affected public agencies, representatives of public transportation employees,
       freight shippers, providers of freight transportation services, private providers of transportation,
       representatives of users of public transportation, representatives of users of pedestrian walkways
       and bicycle transportation facilities, representatives of the disabled, and other interested parties
       with reasonable opportunities to be involved in the metropolitan transportation planning process.
(1)    The participation plan shall be developed by the MPO in consultation with all interested parties
       and shall, at a minimum, describe explicit procedures, strategies, and desired outcomes for:
(i)    Providing adequate public notice of public participation activities and time for public review and
       comment at key decision points, including but not limited to a reasonable opportunity to comment
       on the proposed metropolitan transportation plan and the TIP;
(ii)   Providing timely notice and reasonable access to information about transportation issues and
       processes;
(iii) Employing visualization techniques to describe metropolitan transportation plans and TIPs;
(iv)   Making public information (technical information and meeting notices) available in electronically
       accessible formats and means, such as the World Wide Web;
(v)    Holding any public meetings at convenient and accessible locations and times;
(vi)   Demonstrating explicit consideration and response to public input received during the development
       of the metropolitan transportation plan and the TIP;
(vii) Seeking out and considering the needs of those traditionally underserved by existing transportation
       systems, such as low-income and minority households, who may face challenges accessing
       employment and other services;
(viii) Providing an additional opportunity for public comment, if the final metropolitan transportation
       plan or TIP differs significantly from the version that was made available for public comment by
       the MPO and raises new material issues which interested parties could not reasonably have
       foreseen from the public involvement efforts;
(ix)   Coordinating with the statewide transportation planning public involvement and consultation
       processes under subpart B of this part; and
(x)    Periodically reviewing the effectiveness of the procedures and strategies contained in the
       participation plan to ensure a full and open participation process.




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Currently, TCAG does not have a developed Public Participation Plan. For reference,
information from other documents and current practices (where applicable) are listed in italics.

Section I:     Introduction

   •   This section will include an overview of the region including identification of Board of
       Director members, Committee Members, etc. Below is an overview of the County and
       description of the Board and various Committees taken from the 2007/08 TCAG Overall
       Work Program:

               Tulare County, comprised of 4,824 square miles, is located in the southern portion of the
       San Joaquin Valley. The Valley is between the Coast Range on the west and the Sierra Nevada
       Range on the east. The Valley extends from Sacramento on the north, to the Tehachapi Range on
       the south. The San Joaquin Valley is one of the richest farmlands in the world.
               Tulare County has approximately one third of its land area in the Valley. The remaining
       portion is in the Sierra Nevada Range. This offers an abundance of scenic and recreational
       opportunities for residents and visitors. The land in the Valley produces a wide variety of
       agricultural products. Tulare County ranks second in the nation in total agricultural income.
               The population of Tulare County is concentrated in the Valley. There are eight
       incorporated cities accounting for 61 percent of the total county’s approximate population of
       420,000.
                The Board of Governors directs TCAG. This group is composed of one representative
       from each of the eight cities, the five members of the County Board of Supervisors, and three
       members-at-large. These sixteen members act as the Council of Governments, the Regional
       Transportation Planning Agency, and the Metropolitan Planning Organization. These members,
       plus the District Director of Caltrans, sit as the Policy Advisory Committee. This body offers
       advice on issues that will be presented to the Board of Governors.
               The transit operators in Tulare County are represented on the TCAG Board of Governors
       and the Technical Advisory Committee by an elected official of the operator’s decision-making
       body and by a technical staff person respectively. The Technical Advisory Committee also
       includes a representative from the Tule River Tribal Council.
               The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) makes recommendations to the Board of
       Governors. This committee is comprised of representatives from each of the eight cities, the
       Tulare County Resource Management Agency, Caltrans, and TCAG Staff. This committee meets
       once a month prior to TCAG meetings to review upcoming agenda items and to discuss
       outstanding issues of regional significance.
               The Social Service Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC), responsible for the annual
       review of the Unmet Transit Needs in the County, is another permanent committee of TCAG/TPA.
       This review results in a recommendation of findings to the TCAG Board of Governors, who then
       consider the recommendation and make the final Unmet Needs Determination. This Council
       represents the following agencies and groups of people: handicapped transit users, transit users
       – over 60 years of age, social service providers for Seniors, social service providers for the
       handicapped, social service providers for persons of limited means, consolidated transportation
       service agency for non-urbanized areas, consolidated transportation service agency for
       urbanized areas and the Center for Independent Living.
               The purpose of the Tulare County Environmental Advisory Committee(EAC) is to
       observe, analyze, and report on new programs such as amendments to the State and Federal


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       Endangered Species Acts, Sequoia National Forest Service Management Plans, new listing or
       removing proposals, proposed changes to the California Environmental Quality Act, and any
       federal, state, or local agency proposal that affects environmental issues in Tulare County,
       including important NEPA and CEQA documents, and any particular project TCAG may assign
       to the Committee. This Committee is represented by the following agencies and organizations:
       Sequoia National Park, Irrigation Districts, TCAG, Tulare County City Managers, Sierra Los
       Tules Land Trust, Agricultural Commissioner, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, California Dept. of
       Fish & Game, Tulare County Redevelopment Agency, County of Tulare, County of Tulare Parks
       Dept., Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District, Bureau of Land Management and Caltrans.
                Other committees include the Bicycle Advisory Committee, Transit Forum, Measure R
       Oversight Committee and the Blueprint Technical Advisory Committee. (These committees will
       be fully described in the draft Plan.)

   •   Participation Guidelines – this section will provide direction for public involvement
       activities to be conducted by TCAG and will contain the policies, goals, objectives and
       techniques to be used by TCAG for public involvement. At a minimum, these should
       meet the Federal regulations listed under ‘Background’. (to be developed…)

   •   This section will address how and how often the effectiveness of the Participation Plan
       will be evaluated. (to be developed…)

Section II:    Regional Transportation Plan

   •   This section will contain a brief explanation of the RTP purpose and developmental
       process. Listed below is a description of the RTP from the Tulare County 2007 RTP:

               The RTP is a 20-year planning document that is consistent with the Regional
       Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) to qualify projects for the State Transportation
       Improvement Program (STIP). The first RTP was written and adopted in 1975 with updates
       every two years. In 1999 the California Transportation Commission changed the requirement to
       every three years and then changed it to every four years in 2006 to meet the Safe, Accountable,
       Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU)
       requirements. The document is based on regional transportation facilities and proposed
       constrained improvements funded during the time frame of the Plan.

   •   This section will contain Participation Goals & Objectives in the RTP development and
       amendment process. (to be developed…)

   •   This section will contain the circulation for public comment details (how, where, time…).
       Based on feedback and collaboration from interested agencies, there is an opportunity to
       streamline the participation processes (i.e. identifying alternate procedures specific to
       different amendment types). This was the timeline for the 2007 RTP and EIR.

       10/16/06 – RTP workshop with the TCAG Board
       11/20/06 – Draft goals and objectives released
       2/02/07 – Beginning of 45 day review period for EIR
       3/05/07 – Draft RTP released
       3/19/07 – End of 45 day review period for EIR
       3/30/07 –Response to EIR comments
       4/12/07 – Presentation to TAC


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    4/16/07 – Public Hearing, presentation of Draft RTP & EIR to TCAG Board
    5/21/07 – Board adoption of Final RTP & EIR
    5/29/07 – Final RTP & EIR distributed to FHWA, FTA, Caltrans, San Joaquin Valley COGs, San
              Joaquin Valley APCD, EPA, CARB
    5/30/07 – Final RTP & EIR posted on TCAG Website
            From August 2006 through March 2007, presentations were given to the following
    groups and agencies: Tulare County Farm Bureau, Visalia Chamber of Commerce, Dinuba
    Kiwanas, FHWA, Woodlake Rotary, Tulare County Asthma Coalition, Chamber Round Table,
    Lion’s Club, Ivnahoe town council, Woodlake Rotary, City of Dinuba, City of Tulare, ITE,
    Bicycle Advisory Committee, City of Lindsay, Tulare County Board of Supervisors, City of
    Porterville, Social Services Transportation Advisory Committee, City of Visalia, City of Exeter,
    Home Builders of Tulare County, Certified Engineers and Land Surveyors of Southern California
    and Tule Indian Tribe Staff. In September 2006, TCAG operated a booth at the Tulare County
    Fair. (Public notice was provided for all presentations at public agencies.)

•   This section will identify opportunities for public involvement during development and
    amendment of RTP. Listed below is a description of public involvement during the
    development of the 2007 RTP:
             In preparation for the 2007 RTP extensive outreach was conducted prior to the draft RTP
    being created. TCAG regularly has a booth at the County Fair where surveys are provided to
    collect preliminary comments from the public. Also at the fair exhibits were provided that
    allowed members of the public to see what was planned for all modes of travel. In addition, a
    special exhibit at a different part of the fair used video loops and music to encourage
    participation from different groups of our community including the Hispanic community.
             Following the fair, a number of public outreach presentations occured at service clubs,
    member agencies, professional groups, cities, and any agency willing to hear a presentation on
    the RTP. After the initial outreach, a draft Policy Element was circulated for comment to the
    Environmental Advisory Committee and resource agencies for a one month period.
             After the early review of the Policy Element, staff prepared the draft RTP and initiated
    another round of public meetings. As with the preliminary input phase, the draft RTP phase
    includes presentations to (but not limited to): service clubs, member agencies, professional
    groups, cities, the Environmental Advisory Committee and any agency willing to hear a
    presentation on the RTP.
             RTP amendments are usually triggered by a project specific need to be consistent with
    either the project’s environmental document or the Federal Transportation Improvement
    Program (FTIP). The process of RTP amendments follows the process of the specific FTIP
    amendment.

•   This section will specifically identify the interested party involvement, if any, will occur
    during the development/amendment of the RTP. Roles and responsibilities should be
    described. (Federal Land Management Agencies and Indian Tribal government
    consultation process should be outlined. Additionally, consultation with land use
    management, natural resources, environmental protection, conservation and historic
    preservation consultation process should be outlined AND the comparison of maps and
    inventories.)

           The following agencies receive the draft RTP EIR: The Cities of Dinuba, Exeter,
    Farmersville, Lindsay, Porterville, Tulare, Visalia and Woodlake, Tulare County, CA Depts. of
    Fish & Game, Water Resources, Boating & Waterways, Food & Agriculture, Health Services,



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       Conservation, Parks & Recreation and Housing & Community Development, California
       Transportation Commission, Energy Commission, Public Utilities Commission, Integrated Waste
       Management Board, Air Resources Board, Water Resources Control Board, State Lands
       Commission, Caltrans, State Office of Historic Preservation, FAA, USDA Forest Service, US
       Fish & Wildlife, FEMA, Tule River Indian Tribe.

Section III:   Transportation Improvement Program

   •   This section will contain a brief explanation of the Transportation Improvement Program
       purpose and developmental process. Listed below is a description of the FTIP from the
       Tulare County 2007 FTIP Amendment #8:
                The Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) is a federal requirement for
       Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) that was created in 1991. The FTIP is a
       financially constrained transportation-programming document developed in cooperation with
       state and federal agencies and the eight San Joaquin Valley Counties. The 2007 FTIP is a
       compilation of project lists from the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP),
       urbanized and non-urbanized areas and other programs using federal funding.
                The FTIP is composed of two parts. The first is a priority list of projects and project
       segments to be carried out in a four year period. The second is a financial plan that
       demonstrates how the FTIP can be implemented. The financial plan is also required to indicate
       all public and private resources and financing techniques that are expected to be used to carry
       out the program. Federal legislation has further defined the FTIP process focusing on enhanced
       public and public agency participation.
                The basic premise behind a FTIP is that it is the incremental implementation (four years)
       of the long-range RTP (20 years). The FTIP was developed, for federal funding agencies, to
       manage components of funding the RTP.

   •   This section will contain participation goals & objectives in TIP development/amendment
       process. (to be developed…)

   •   This section will contain the circulation for public comment details (how, where, time…).
       Based on feedback and collaboration from interested agencies, there is an opportunity to
       streamline the participation processes (i.e. identifying alternate procedures specific to
       different amendment types). (see next section…)

   •   This section will identify opportunities for public involvement during development &
       amendment of TIP. Listed below is current practice for FTIP amendments:

       Expedited Project Selection Procedures (EPSP):
       EPSP allows eligible projects to be moved between FTIP fiscal years as long as the project cost
       and scope do not change. TCAG staff is federally authorized to utilize EPSP without additional
       State or federal approval action. TCAG is in the process of updating its EPSP (to be completed
       in August).

       Amendment Type 1 – Administrative:
       Administrative amendments include minor changes to project cost, scope, schedule or funding
       sources. They require action by TCAG and approval by Caltrans. Federal agencies are notified
       but do not take approval action. Public notification is posted on TCAG’s website at the time of
       the action and subsequently posted on Caltrans website after their approval.



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    Amendment Type 2 – Formal Amendment (Funding Changes):
    Type 2 amendments include project cost changes that are greater than $2 million or 20% of the
    total project cost, whichever is higher. Public notice is posted 30 days prior to adoption in the
    Visalia Times-Delta (VTD) and posted on the TCAG website prior to TCAG action. Its
    distributed to local agencies through the TAC. These amendments require approval by TCAG,
    Caltrans and FHWA. The approving TCAG resolution and amendment is forwarded to Caltrans
    and FHWA for approval both in hard copy and electronic format.

    Amendment Type 3 – Formal Amendment (Exempt Projects):
    Type 3 amendments included adding or deleting projects that are exempt from regional air
    quality emissions analysis. These amendments typically include transit or safety projects. Public
    notice is posted 30 days prior to adoption in the Visalia Times-Delta (VTD) and posted on the
    TCAG website prior to TCAG action. Its distributed to local agencies through the TAC. These
    amendments require approval by TCAG, Caltrans and FHWA. The approving TCAG resolution
    and amendment is forwarded to Caltrans and FHWA for approval both in hard copy and
    electronic format.

    Amendment Type 4 – Formal Amendment (Conformity Determination that Relies on a Previous
    Regional Emissions Analysis):
    Type 4 amendments include adding or deleting projects that have already been appropriately
    modeled for air quality purposes as part of the RTP. Federal approving agencies can use a
    previous analysis of the project’s impact on air quality for approval purposes. These
    amendments may be accompanied by an RTP amendment to maintain consistency. Public notice
    is posted 30 days prior to adoption in the Visalia Times-Delta (VTD) and posted on the TCAG
    website prior to TCAG action. Its distributed to local agencies through the TAC. These
    amendments require approval by TCAG, Caltrans and FHWA. The approving TCAG resolution
    and amendment is forwarded to Caltrans and FHWA for approval both in hard copy and
    electronic format.

    Amendment Type 5 – Formal Amendment (Conformity Determination and New Regional
    Emissions Analysis):
    Type 5 amendments are the highest level amendment and involve adding or deleting new projects
    that must be modeled for air quality impacts or significantly changing the design concept, scope
    or schedule of an existing project. These are accompanied by a new Air Quality Conformity
    document that demonstrates conformity with applicable air quality requirements. These
    amendments may be accompanied by an RTP amendment to maintain consistency. Public notice
    is posted 30 days prior to adoption in the Visalia Times-Delta (VTD) and posted on the TCAG
    website prior to TCAG action. Its distributed to local agencies through the TAC. These
    amendments require approval by TCAG, Caltrans and FHWA and are distributed to the
    California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control
    District. The approving TCAG resolution and amendment is forwarded to Caltrans and FHWA
    for approval both in hard copy and electronic format.

    ‘Local agencies’ include the Cities of Dinuba, Exeter, Farmersville, Lindsay, Porterville, Tulare,
    Visalia and Woodlake, Tulare County and the Tule River Indian Tribe. FTIP updates follow the
    same process as Type 5 amendments. Copies of all amendments and updates are provided to
    other agencies, organizations or individuals upon request.

•   This section will specifically identify the interested party involvement, if any, during the
    development/amendment of the TIP. (Federal Land Management Agencies and Indian
    Tribal government consultation process should be outlined)


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       Interested party involvement is included in the outline above.

Section IV:    Overall Work Program/Special Planning Studies

   •   This section will contain a brief explanation of the Overall Work Program and Special
       Planning Studies (such as the Blueprint Planning Process). Listed below is a description
       from the 2007/08 TCAG OWP:
       The Program contains work elements with detailed tasks as well as revenues and expenditures
       anticipated for the year. The following is a summary of major work products and highlights:
       1. Preparation of the 2008 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and related Program
           Environmental Report (EIR) for SAFETEA-LU Compliance.
       2. Develop a revised Public Participation Plan for SAFETEA-LU Compliance
       3. Measure R Implementation.
       4. Continued work on the Valley Regional Blueprint which includes a Tulare County Vision,
           Scenario development, and public outreach.
       5. Quarterly Board Member workshops.
       6. Continued funding of $1,000 to each member agency for transportation training.
       7. Completion of the draft 2008 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP).
       8. Travel forecasting services.
       9. Update the Tulare County Transportation Bicycle Plan and assistance to member agencies
           with the preparation of local bicycle transportation plans and grant requests.
       10. Special Studies
               a. Completion of 2006/07 studies
               b. SR-99 South Corridor Phase II
               c. As-needed traffic engineering services
               d. Completion of Light Rail Feasibility Study
       11. Continued City of Visalia and Porterville Urbanized Area transit planning efforts.
       12. Support for regional rideshare program through Kings County Transit.
       13. Continued public information and participation.
       14. Continued Air Quality monitoring and planning efforts.
       15. Continued TCAG RACM monitoring of commitments.
       For Special Planning Studies, interested party participation is currently handled on a
       case by case basis since the nature of each study is often quite varied. For example,
       the Participation Plan for the San Joaquin Valley Regional Blueprint can be found at this
       webpage: http://www.tularecog.org/regionalblueprint.htm
       Listed below is a description of the Blueprint:
               Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) is one of eight Councils of
       Government that will collaboratively develop the San Joaquin Valley Regional Blueprint. In
       conjunction with Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus Councils of
       Government, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and the Great Valley Center,
       TCAG will be establishing the valley-wide fifty-year vision that the Blueprint is to represent.
               Three quality of life outcomes, called the 3Es, are stated goals for the Blueprint: a
       prosperous economy, a quality environment, and social equity. The 3Es are goals we think we
       can achieve as a valley by integrating our respective local plans in transportation, housing, land
       use, environmental resources, infrastructure, and other services into a cooperative valley-wide
       document.



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   •   Participation Goals & Objectives for OWP/Special Planning Studies (to be developed…)

   •   Opportunities for public involvement during development of OWP/Studies.
               Currently, opportunities for public involvement during the development of the OWP
       include the Board hearings for the draft and final OWPs and opportunity to review the OWPs on
       TCAG’s website. Opportunities for public involvement for Special Planning Studies are variable,
       depending on the focus of the specific study.

   •   Specifically identify what, if any, interested parties involvement during the
       development/amendment of the OWP

               The draft and final OWPs are distributed to member agencies, Board members, the
       Intermodal Planning Group (IPG – consisting of Caltrans, FTA, FHWA) and any other agency or
       individual which requests it. In addition, the draft and final OWPs are reviewed at the Board
       meetings and are posted on the TCAG website.

   •   With identified interested parties, determine circulation for public comment details (how,
       where, time…). Below was the timeline for the 2007/08 OWP:
       3/05/07 – Provided Draft OWP to TAC and posted on TCAG Website
       3/05/07 – Draft OWP provided for Interagency Consultation
       3/27/07 – Received comments from Interagency Consultation
       4/12/07 – Received comments from TAC
       4/16/07 – Presented Draft OWP to the TCAG Board and received comments
       5/21/07 – Presented Final OWP for Board approval
       5/30/07 – Final OWP posted on TCAG Website
       6/18/07 – Final OWP sent to FHWA/FTA for approval


Note: Full versions of all referenced documents (RTP, FTIP, OWP) can be accessed at the
TCAG website: http://www.tularecog.org/




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                                                            Exhibit 3




              Resource Agencies
             Bureau of Land Management
                Bureau of Reclamation
          CA Department of Fish and Game
            California Air Resources Board
     California Environmental Protection Agency
       California Office of Historic Preservation
         California State Lands Commission
                   Caltrans District 6
  Caltrans, Division of Transportation Programming
       Council of Fresno County Governments
           Federal Highway Administration
           Federal Highway Administration
            Federal Transit Administration
             Kern Council of Governments
     Kings County Association of Governments
     Madera County Transportation Commission
     Merced County Association of Governments
        Native American Heritage Commission
                 Sequoia National Park
        San Joaquin Council of Governments
San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District
         Stanislaus Council of Governements
         State Office of Historic Preservation
                Tule River Indian Tribe
             U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
        U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
            U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
           Water Resources Control Board
                                                                                                        Exhibit 4
    Other Tribal Communities, Agencies, Organizations and Companies
      A - C Electric Company                 Alta Irrigation District                 Bank Of America

        A & M Products Inc             Alta Nursery & Lawn Maintenance              Bank Of The Sierra

    A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.         Alta Vista Elementary School District           Bank Of Visalia
                                      Amalgamated Transit Union - Local
         AARP Porterville                                                          Bartlett Middle School
                                                  1027
         AAUW Porterville                   Amarillo Wind McHines             Barton-Aschman Associates Inc

         ABLE Industries                       Amber Foods Inc                     Beckman Coulter, Inc

   Access Capital Services, Inc.             American Ambulance                        Best Buy, Inc.

        Adams Dental Lab               American Assn University Women                     Billiou's

     Adult Independent Study               American Cancer Society                    Blain Farms, Llc

   Advanced Food Products Llc          American Friends Service Comm              Blue Vahnn Construction

  Advanced Medical & Rehab Inc.            American Legion Auxillary                   BNSF Railway

      Ag Irrigation Sales, Inc.         American Legion Of Porterville             Bob Kisling Tire Shop

    Agricultural Commissioner            American Legion Visalia Post             Bob's Petro Products Inc

               Agtac                               Apio, Inc.                      Bollencacher & Kelton

       Al Vorst Electric, Inc.                 Arc Cutting Tools                       Borders Books

          Albertson's, Inc.                  Arrow Electronics Inc             Boyle Engineering Corporation

     Allen Capital Corporation             Arrow Falcon Exports, Inc                Boys And Girls Club

 Allensworth Community Services                Artesia Ready Mix                     Breakfast Y'S Men

      Allensworth Elementary                 Art's Custom Cabinets                   Bret's Auto Center

Allensworth Progressive Association                  AT&T                               Brogdex Co.
                                         Automobile Club of Southern
        Allstate Insurance                                                        Buckman Mitchell Group
                                                 California
          Alpaugh Unified                     Aw Coulter Trucking                    Buena Vista Elem.

           Alta Advocate                         B C Recycling                  Building Industry Association

     Alta Family Health Clinic            Baird-Neece Packing Corp.           Burton Elementary School District

       Alta Historical Society            Bakersfield Municipal Airport        Butler Manufacturing Company
   Butte County Association Of
                                     California State University Fresno   Century 21 Jordan-Link & Company
          Governments
                                          California Transporation
         C&S Distribution                                                  Cesare's Visalia Service Center
                                                Commission
 CA Department of Employment
                                      California Trucking Association         Champion Home Builders
        Development
  CA Department of Boating &
                                        California Water Service Co         Chapman Welding Works Inc.
          Waterways
 CA Department of Conservation         California Wildlife Federation         Charter Communications
    CA Department of Food &
                                         California Wire Cloth, Inc.                 Chicago Title
          Agriculture
CA Department of General Services    California Women For Agriculture               Chp-Porterville

CA Department of Health Services       Caltrans Aeronautics Program          Citizens For A Better London

    CA Department of Housing         Caltrans Environmental Program       Citizens for a Healthy Environment
    CA Department of Parks &
                                           Cardon Camera Shop              Citrus South Tule School District
          Recreation
                                                                               City & Regional Planning
 CA Department Of Rehabilitation         Cari Anderson Consulting
                                                                                      Department
CA Department of Water Resources       Carmen's Mexican Restaurant                  City Food Mart

      Cacciatore Fine Wines                  Carr Engineering                       City of Dinuba

      Cal Citrus Packing Co.                       CASA                             City Of Exeter

       Cal Citrus Producers          Casa Grande Senior Care Home                City Of Farmersville
                                        Center For Developmentally
       Cal Farm Insurance                                                  City of Farmersville Police Dept
                                                 Disabled
       Cal Valley Citrus Inc.          Center for Independent Living                City Of Fresno

          California Box                      Centex Homes                          City Of Hanford
    California Department Of
                                     Central California Orange Growers              City of Lindsay
           Rehabilitation
   California Dept Of Parks And
                                          Central Garden Supply                    City of Porterville
             Recreation
     California Federal Bank          Central Valley Business Forms            City of Porterville Library

     California Highway Patrol        Central Valley Christian School     City of Porterville Municipal Airport

     California Milk Producers             Central Valley Citrus                     City of Tulare

  California Native Plant Society        Central Valley Electric Co.                 City of Visalia

 California Planning & Engineering    Central Valley Regional Center             City of Visalia Airport

         California Pretzel             Central Valley Ridesharing        City of Visalia, Convention Center
   California Retired Teachers
                                         Century 21 All Star Realty           City Of Visalia, Corp Yard
           Association
 City Of Visalia, Fire Department               Custom Chrome                       Dinuba Woman's Club
                                                                                Division Of Local Government-
City Of Visalia, Recreation Division       Custom Impressions, Inc.
                                                                                             Fiscal
   City of Visalia, Senior Center      Cutler/Orosi Chamber Of Commerce                Dks Associates

         City of Woodlake              Cutler-Orosi Unified School District          Dokken Engineering

            City Shuttle                           D & L Toys                      Dole Food Company Inc

      Citzens Business Bank                        Dairyman's                    Don Pancho's Mexi-Catessen

        Clark Pest Control              Dairymans Cooperative Creamery                Dooley & Herr, Llp

Claude E. Atkins Enterprises, Inc.            Dancing Pigs Ranch                     Dowling Associates

        Claude's Buggies                          Deh & Assoc                        Downtown Visalians

     College Enabler Service                         Del Air                         Dryvit Systems, Inc.

    College Of The Sequoias                  Delk's Auto Upholstery           Ducor Community Services District
                                         Delta Nursing & Rehabilitation
       Collins & Schoettler                                                          Ducor Union Elem.
                                                    Hospital
          Color-Box, Llc                  Delta Vector Control District                E&E Industries

         Columbine Elem.                  Denham Personnel Services                    Earlimart Elem.

     Commission Honorifica                     Diamond Crystals                 East Orosi Community Services

     Community Day School               Diamond Perforated Metals, Inc.              Eckert Field Airport

    Community Health Center              Dinuba Chamber Of Commerce              Economic Development Corp
                                         Dinuba Joint Union High School
        Community School                                                            Elks Lodge Porterville
                                                     District
Connecticut General Life Insurance             Dinuba Lion's Club                       Em Tharp, Inc

     Coor-Wood Containers                 Dinuba Promotion & Main St.              Emblem Club, Porterville

            Corkins Inc                      Dinuba Public Schools               Empire Supply Company, Inc.

 COS Disabled Student Services                 Dinuba RV Center                Employment Development Dept.

           Cost Carpets                      Dinuba Senior Center                       Endurequest

     Costco Wholesale Corp                      Dinuba Sentinel                      Energy Commission

      County Of Kings/KART                   Dinuba Surgery Center                    Ennis Homes, Inc

              CSET                        Dinuba Timber Industries Inc                    Enterprise

   Culligan Soft Water Service                 Dinuba Transit Inc             Environmental Management Division
 Esperanza High Ind. Study Adult         Franey's Floor Coverings & Fine
                                                                               Hacienda Care Center Inc
           Education                                 Furnitur
 Exeter Chamber Of Commerce                    Frank & Company              Hacienda Convelescent Hospital

        Exeter Engineering                Fresno County Public Works           Hanford Municipal Airport

      Exeter Hospital District                Fruit Growers Supply              Harrison And Harrison
                                        Galloway's Sweet Shoppe Bakery-
        Exeter Packers Inc                                                         Helena Chemical
                                                      Deli
Exeter Union Elem & High School                Gama Auto Electric          Heller Performance Polymers, Inc.

  Exeter-Ivanhoe Citrus Assoc.             Gang Nails Truss Company                Hellwig Products

       FAA, Airports Branch                     Giannini Packing                 Hillman Health Center

    Faggart Buic/Pontiac/Gmc                Giant Automotive Group                   Hit Products
                                                                            Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference
    Family Healthcare Network                      Gifford, Inc
                                                                                        Center
Family Services Of Tulare County         Golden State Business College               Home Depot

      Farmers Food Market                 Golden State Citrus Packers           Home Realty & Land Co

     Farmersville Dehydrator                 Golden State Overnight                Hometown Buffet

Farmersville Primary Care Center            Golden West High School         Hope Elementary School District

Farmersville Unified School District     Good Sheppard Lutheran Home          Hot Springs School District

              Fed Ex                         Goodell Packing Corp                   House Of Glass
Federal Emergency Management
                                       Goshen Community Services District Housing Authority Of Tulare County
           Agency
 Fidelity National Title Insurance      Goshen Planning Committee/Cset      Hughs Development Corporation

        Finance And Thrift                        Gottschalk's                    Hybridyne Systems
                                           Grand View Heights Citrus
  Financial Credit Network, Inc.                                                 Hydrokleen Systems
                                                 Association
  First American Title Insurance
                                         Gridley Machine Company, Inc.        Hylton, Dennis, & Company
            Company
        First Choice Foods                Grumman Allied Industries Inc       Idea Graphics And Printing

       Fisher Manufacturing                     Grumman-Olsen                        IHOP - 1722

  Flight Standards District Office             Guest Services Inc                Ikon Office Solutions

           Food 4 Less                         Gutierrez Tire Shop              Imperial Ambulance Inc.

   Food Link For Tulare County                   H&R Connect                  Independent Study Adult Ed

           Foster Farms                    Haagen-Dazs Company Inc             Ingoldsby Nursery & Floral
        In-N-Out Burger                   Kawneer Company Inc                Klink Citrus Association

    Insurance Professionals                   KDUV Fm 889                    Kloster Ruddell Law Firm
 Integrated Waste Management
                                      Keith Brown Building Materials                  K-Mart
             Board
       International Paper                    Kelly Services                           KMJ

         Ivanhoe CSET                    Kentucky Fried Chicken                       KMPH

  Ivanhoe Public Utility District          Kern County ALUC                     KMPH News Radio

        Ivex Corporation                     Kern Rideshare                           KMQA

   Ivex Packaging Corporation                    KEY AM                    Knights Of Columbus, Tulare

     J Kaplan & Associates                   Key's Upholstery              Knudsen Dairy Division/Kraft

     J. C. Penney Company                   KFSN Channel 30                           KOQO

           J.D.Heiskell                     KFTV Channel 21               Kraft Foods North America, Inc.

  James Winton & Associates                       KGEN                      Krdu 1130 Am/Kjoy 99 Fm

          JC Penny Co                       KGPE Channel 47                        KRZR Radio

     Jefferson Elem. School                       KGST                          KSEE Channel 24

        Jess Auto Repair                Kings County Truck Lines                   KSEQ 97 Fm

      Jim Manning Dodge                  Kings River Union Elem.                       KTIP

       Jim's Formal Wear            Kings/Tulare County Legal Service                 KUFW

         Jo-Ann Stores                 Kings/Tulare Retired Officers           Kustom Paint & Body

  Jobs Resource Unlimited Inc.      Kings-Tulare Area Agency On Aging             Lamp Liter Inn

       John J. Kirth & Co.                Kisling, Bob Auto Parts                 Land O'Lakes

 Josten's Printing And Publishing        Kiwanis Club Of Dinuba                 Lane Engineers Inc

    Kaweah Commonwealth               Kiwanis Club Of Greater Tulare          Las Palmas Restaurant

Kaweah Delta Health Care District        Kiwanis Club Of Sequoia             Laubacher Construction
Kaweah Delta Water Conservation
                                         Kiwanis Club Of Tulare                Lawrence Tractor Co
            District
  Kaweah Manor Convalescent                                             League Of Women Voters Of Tulare
                                         Kiwanis Club Of Visalia
           Hospital                                                                  Co
       Kaweah Research                      Kiwanis Club West                  Leffingwell Ag Sales

       Kaweah River Rock                      KJUG Am/Fm                   Lemon Cove Sanitary District
                                                                              Missoula County Community
        Lennie's Spinning            London Community Services District
                                                                                     Development
         Letsinger Realty                    Longs Drug Stores                     Mns Engineers Inc
  Lewis & Associates Insurance
                                              Los Banos Transit                  Monache High School
           Brokers, In
          Liberty Elem.                 Loyal Order Of Moose Visalia                 Monarch Ford

       Lincoln Elem. School                     Lulu Packing                        Monrovia Nursery

   Linder Equipment Company                   M. J. Thiesen Co.             Monson-Sultant Joint Union Elem.

       Lindsay Auto Sales                    Madera County Ltc              Moore Business Forms & Systems

 Lindsay Chamber Of Commerce          Main St Porterville Board Member             Morningstar West
                                                                            Morris, Crookshanks, Sprague, &
     Lindsay Feed Company                Maintenance-Transportation
                                                                                         Groen
     Lindsay Fruit Association                Marie Callender's                          Motel 6
                                      Mass Transportation Committe Of
        Lindsay Gardens                                                        Mountain - Valley Express
                                                  Porte
       Lindsay High School            Master Pools By Paul Haney, Inc.             MV Transportation

 Lindsay Hospital Medical Center           McDonalds Restaurant                  MWI Veterinary Supply

      Lindsay Medical Group             McKinley Scearcy Associates         N Kern/S Tulare Hospital District

  Lindsay Municipal Golf Course             Meadows Field Airport               National Diversified Sales

  Lindsay Radiator & Auto Repair     Mearle's College Drive In Restaurant        National Vitamin Co Inc

       Lindsay Senior Villa                   Mechanical Assoc              Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co
                                                                             Natural Resouces Conservation
     Lindsay Unified Schools             Memorial Hospital At Exeter
                                                                                        District
       Lindsay Urgent Care                   Mercado Del Valle                      Nelson/Nygaard
                                        Merced Area Regional Transit
Lindsay Westwood Veterinary Clinic                                                 News En Espanol
                                                  System
Lindsay/Strathmore Coord. Council     Merle Stone Chevy/Geo/Olds/Cad                 Nickels Payless

   Lindsay/Strathmore Irrigation             Mervyn's California                Nielsen And Associates
                                                                            Nissan Of Visalia/Groppetti Auto
    Lindsey Equipment Rental           Meyer Mohaddes Associates Inc
                                                                                        Family
                                                                            NOAA National Marine Fisheries
     Linell Farm Labor Center         Microcomputer Education Center
                                                                                        Service
          Lions Sunset                        Migrant Education              Noell Deetz Agnew & Morse, Llp

    Livick Bus & Truck Repair              Mineral King Publishing          Norcal Coalition For Immigration

         Lobue Brothers                     Mission Linen Supply             North Visalia Community Center
         Noticiero Semanal                 Palo Verde Union Elem.                    Porterville Citrus Inc

          Nuckols Ranch                 Paramount Citrus Association                  Porterville College

       Nutrient Technologies                  Parenting Network                    Porterville Concrete Pipe

             O La Raza                          Patio Industries              Porterville Developmental Center
Oak Valley Union Elementary School
                                         Patterson Dental Supply Inc.           Porterville Distributing Center
              District
      Oak View Construction          Patterson Tract Community Services               Porterville Electric

     Odwalla Juice Company             Paul Moote And Associates Inc             Porterville Gleaning Seniors

         Office Depot #943                  Payless Cashways Inc                    Porterville High School

   Office of Planning & Research      Paynter Realty & Investment, Inc               Porterville Recorder

 Omni Means Engineers/Planners               Peloian Packing Inc.                  Porterville Senior Center

       Open Gate Ministries             Peninsula Messenger Service            Porterville Sheltered Workshop

  Orange Belt Board Of Realtors                   Pent-A-Vate                  Porterville Unified School District

        Orange Belt Stages                      Permit Counter                      Poser Business Forms

        Orange Belt Supply                           PG&E                      Proteus Training & Employment

  Order Sons Of Italy In America          Pixley Public Utility District       Provident Mortgage Corporation

     Orosi Public Utility District               Pixley Union                        Proyecto Campesino
                                      Pleasant View Elementary School
 Other Agencies and Organizations                                                          Psi-Tronix
                                                   Distr
                                      Ponderosa Community Services
       Outside Creek Elem.                                                    Public Social Serv Dinuba District
                                                  District
        Oval Service Center                   Pope & Talbot Inc               Public Social Services Lindsay Dist
                                                                               Public Social Services Porterville
   P & G Communications, Inc.        Poplar Community Services District
                                                                                              Dist
                Paba                            Poplar Grinding               Public Social Services Tulare Dist
                                                                               Public Social Services Veterans
             Pacific Bell              Porter Vista Public Utility District
                                                                                           Service
            Pacific Stihl               Porterville Adult Day Services           Public Utilities Commission

    Pacific Supply - Parts Plus             Porterville Aviation Inc                Purmax Oil Company

 Pacific Western Extruded Plastic         Porterville Breakfast Lions                       Pwpipe

               Pactiv                    Porterville Breakfast Rotary                 Quad - Knopf, Inc.

    Palmer Company Insurance         Porterville Chamber Of Commerce                     R & N Market
       R Lang Company                Ryan's Place Restaurant                     Setton Pistachio

             R.S.I.                   Salvation Army Visalia                Sierra Citrus Association

   Radisson Hotel Of Visalia         San Joaquin Pest Control                       Sierra Club

    Randell Manufacturing           San Joaquin Valley College            Sierra View District Hospital

             Rayo                   San Joaquin Valley Railroad             Sierra View Golf Course

   Ray's Aircraft Service Inc         Santa Rosa Rancheria                      Smith Enterprises

         Razzari Ford                  Saputo Cheese USA                         Smith's Flowers

        Real Fresh Inc          Saucelito Elementary School District            Sodoian Brothers

    Red Carpet Car Wash                      Save Mart                        Somkhith Souryasack

         Red Lobster                       Scc Industries              Soroptimist International Of Visalia

     Redwood Pharmacy                  Schuler Construction                Soroptimist Int'l Of Tulare

Reed & Shoemaker Investments                   Sears                            South Valley Bee

        Regal Theaters                    Select Meat Co.                   Southeast Asian Council
                                 Select Nutrition Distributors West,
 Rene's Custom Paint & Body                                              Southern California Edison Co
                                                 Inc.
     Republican Women                  Self-Help Enterprises           Southern California Gas Company
                                                                        Southern Tulare Co Citrus Pest
         Ric Morales                       Senior Center
                                                                                   Control
Richgrove Community Services
                                     Senior Nutrition Program                       Southland
           District
 Richgrove Elementary School
                                   Sequoia Beverage Company            Springville Chamber Of Commerce
           District
    Rite Aide Pharmacies                   Sequoia Brick                 Springville Public Utility District

   River Island Real Estate             Sequoia Lions Club              Springville Union School District

          R-N Market                  Sequoia National Forest             State Assembly District #30

     Roberts Engineering                  Sequoia Orange                  State Assembly District #31

   Robles Deli & Pharmacy            Sequoia Riverlands Trust                 State Farm Insurance

   Rockford School District            Sequoia Union Elem.                 State Senator District #14

   Rotary Club Of Porterville    Sequoia Veterans Of Foreign War           State Senator District #16

   Royalty Carpet Mills Inc        Serpa Automotive Group, Inc.        Stever Garvey Junior High School

   Ruiz Food Products Inc.          Serpa Packaging Solutions                       Stone Blue
     Stone Corral Elementary                    The Allen Group                    Tulare Breakfast Lions

       Stone Ministries, Inc.                 The Business Journal             Tulare Chamber Of Commerce

             Stop Alarm                          The Butler Co.                      Tulare City Elem.

      Strathmore Fire District                The Creative Center            Tulare County Adminisrative Office

  Strathmore Public Utility District               The Depot                     Tulare County Art League

      Strathmore Union Elem.                   The Gas Company                     Tulare County Auditor

      Strathmore Union High                   The Lifestyle Center             Tulare County Audubon Society

Sultana Community Services District         The Vons Companies Inc             Tulare County Bar Association
                                        Three Rivers Community Services
  Sun Pacific Farming Company                                                Tulare County Board Of Supervisors
                                                      Distr
 Sundale Union Elementary School                                             Tulare County Bob Wiley Detention
                                            Three Rivers Union Elem.
              Distr                                                                       Facility
       Sunkist Growers, Inc                   Thunderhawk Airport                 Tulare County Child Care
                                                                                 Tulare County Cooperative
       Sunset Waste Paper              Tipton Community Services District
                                                                                         Extension
   Suntreat Packing & Shipping          Tipton Elementary School District    Tulare County Correctional Facility

          Surabian & Sons                      Tortilleria La Mejor                Tulare County Counsel

        Surroz Dodge/Bmw                         TPG Consulting                  Tulare County Courthouse

    Svenhard's Swedish Bakery                Trans West Specialties            Tulare County Data Processing
                                       Transportation Dept, Eagle Mountain
       T Post Manufacturing                                                    Tulare County Democratic Club
                                                      Casino
                                         Traver Joint Elementary School           Tulare County Economic
               Target
                                                      District                        Development Co
     Taycal Press Corporation                 Treehouse Farms Inc            Tulare County Environmental Health

             Technoflo                            Tri Mag, Inc.               Tulare County Escrow Company

             Ted Cornell                    Tri-Ex Tower Corporation            Tulare County Farm Bureau

             Teen Zone                     Tubatulabals of Kern Valley         Tulare County Fire Department
                                                                               Tulare County Health & Human
            Terminix Int'l                 Tubatulabals of Kern Valley
                                                                                         Services
    Terra Bella Irrigation District      Tucoemas Federal Credit Union       Tulare County Hispanic Roundtable

         Terra Bella Union                     Tulare Adult School            Tulare County Housing Authority

         Teter Consultants                  Tulare Advance-Register           Tulare County Human Resources
   Teviston Community Services                                               Tulare County League Of Mex-Am
                                          Tulare Basin Wildlife Partners
              District                                                                    Voters
       Tulare County Library            Tulare-Kings Hispanic Chamber                   USDA Cotton

      Tulare County Main Jail          Tulare-Kings Regional Arts Council           USDA Forest Service

      Tulare County Marshal                  Tule River Association               Valley Catholic Charities
                                       Tule River Economic Development        Valley Industrial & Family Medical
   Tulare County Municipal Court
                                                     Corp                                   Group
    Tulare County News Agency            Tule River Indian Reservation           Valley Oak Middle School

 Tulare County Office Of Education       Tule River Parkway Association                 Valley Voice
 Tulare County Org. For Vocational     Turning Point Of Central California,
                                                                                 Van Tech Engineering Inc
            Education                                 Inc
 Tulare County Parks & Recreation              U.S. Cold Storage                Ventura Coastal Corporation

Tulare County Public Social Services          U.S. Forest Service                 Verizon Communication
   Tulare County Redevelopment
                                                U.S. Post Office                      Verizon Wireless
              Agency
      Tulare County Resource
                                            U.S.D.A. Cotton Classing                  Vida En El Valle
       Management Agency
  Tulare County Teachers Federal
                                                  Ultramar Inc                         Vintage Press
            Credit Union
Tulare County Water Works District           Union Bank California                  Visalia Adult School

        Tulare County WID                    Union Pacific Railroad            Visalia Association Of Realtors
Tulare County Workforce Investment
                                             United Farm Workers                         Visalia Bpw
              Board
    Tulare Cultured Specialties                  United Market                     Visalia Breakfast Lions

      Tulare District Hospital               United Parcel Service                Visalia Breakfast Rotary
                                                                               Visalia Center For Ambulatory
 Tulare Elementary School District               United Rentals
                                                                                         Medicine
     Tulare Healthcare District            United States Cold Storage             Visalia Ceramic Tile, Inc.

    Tulare High School District              United Way Of Tulare              Visalia Chamber Of Commerce

      Tulare Irrigation District       United Wholesale Lumber Company         Visalia Charter Oak Lions Club
                                                                                Visalia Citrus Packing Group,
      Tulare Joint Union High                   Uptain & Lalanne
                                                                                         Golden Sta
       Tulare Optimist Club              US Department Of Agriculture                Visalia City Coach

        Tulare Rotary Club                 US FAA Standards Section           Visalia Community Bank (Floral)

      Tulare Senior Services               US Postal Service, Exeter           Visalia Convalescent Hospital

    Tulare Western High School           US Representative District #20             Visalia Country Club
   Tulare-Kings Building Industry
                                         US Representative District #21         Visalia County Center Rotary
            Association
    Visalia Democratic Club                 Water Specialties                     Wukchumni Tribe
Visalia Economic Development
                                         Waterman Industries Inc          Yettem/Seville Community Services
            Council
Visalia Electric Motor Shop, Inc.    Waukena Joint Union Elementary             You-Con Builder's, Inc

Visalia Elks Lodge #1298 Bpoe               Wawona Packing                Youngs Commercial Transfer, Inc

Visalia Emergency Aid Council          Weatherby's Furniture Guild              Young's Super Market

  Visalia Evening Lions Club                  Webb & Sons

       Visalia Host Lions                   Wells Fargo Bank

        Visalia Jaycees                West Coast Broadcasting Inc

   Visalia Lumber Company             Westbrook/Parker Engineering

  Visalia Luncheon Optimist           Western Stars Rebekah Lodge

     Visalia Medical Clinic                   Weyerhaeuser

    Visalia Municipal Airport        Whitehurst Loyd Funeral Service
Visalia Nursing & Rehabilitation
                                            Will Hansen Realty
             Center
Visalia Public Cemetery District          Wilman Bros. & Elliot

     Visalia Racquet Club                        Wimpey's
                                    Wittman Village Community Center,
      Visalia Rotary Club
                                                    Inc.
      Visalia Times Delta                Women Of The Moose

 Visalia Unified School District            Women Of The 'y'

         Visalia YMCA                       Woodlake Airport

   Vita-Pakt Citrus Products        Woodlake Chamber Of Commerce
                                    Woodlake Elementary, High School
       Vlasic Foods Inc
                                                District
                                     Woodlake Family Health Care
    Voltage Multipliers, Inc.
                                                Center
   W.F. Cosart Packing Co.                Woodlake Fire District

        Waksachi Tribe                Woodville Public Utility District

 Wal-Mart Distribution Center             Woodville Union Elem.

     Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.                Workman Enterprises

   Washington Elem. School                  World Wide Sires
                                                                                                Exhibit 5



 1          BEFORE THE TULARE COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS
 2                  COUNTY OF TULARE, STATE OF CALIFORNIA
 3
 4   IN THE MATTER OF CERTIFYING THE                     )
 5   2007 REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN                   )
 6   SAFETEA-LU UPDATES                                  )       RESOLUTION NO. 1718
 7
 8          WHEREAS, the Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) is a Regional
 9   Transportation Planning Agency and a Metropolitan Planning Organization, pursuant to State
10   and Federal designation; and
11
12          WHEREAS, on May 21, 2007, TCAG adopted the Tulare County 2007 Regional
13   Transportation Plan (RTP), the Final Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Tulare
14   County 2007 RTP, the 2007 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment
15   #8 and Air Quality Conformity Analysis for the 2007 RTP and FTIP Amendment #8; and
16
17          WHEREAS, the SAFETEA-LU Gap Analysis, Appendix F of the 2007 RTP, lists the
18   transportation planning and programming requirements to bring the RTP into SAFETEA-LU
19   compliance; and
20
21           WHEREAS, on August 20, 2007, information has been presented to the Board, including
22   Staff’s report and associated documents relating to the progress towards SAFETEA-LU
23   compliance. All of said information, materials, facts, reports and other evidence are
24   incorporated by reference herein.
25
26          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED as follows:
27
28           1. Based upon the evidence and information on the record before it, the Board certifies
29   the following steps have been taken to complete the transportation planning and programming
30   components as listed in the SAFETEA-LU Gap Analysis (Appendix F of the 2007 RTP) and the
31   SAFETEA-LU Gap Requirements Schedule as approved by Resolution #1707 on July 16, 2007:
32
33               a.   An Outline of the Public Participation Plan has been completed.
34
35               b.   A letter, survey and the Outline (attached) has been sent to resource agencies
36                    and interested parties requesting their participation in the development of the
37                    Draft Public Participation Plan.
38
39   /
40   /
41   /
42   /
43   /
44   /
45   /

                                                     1
Exhibit 6
                                                                                                         Exhibit 7



 tcag
                                                                                     5961 S. Mooney Blvd.
                                                                                   Visalia, California 93277
                                                                                             (559) 733-6291
                                                                                         FAX (559) 733-6720
                              Tulare County Association of Governments
1) What transportation issues are you most interested in? Please rank each item in order of importance
from 1 (most important) to 6 (least important).
               Expanding public transit services
               Improving transit connections and reliability
               Reducing congestion on roadways
               Improving pavement quality and fixing potholes
               Reducing transportation’s impact on the environment
               Planning development to be more transit/pedestrian/bicycle oriented

Please list any other transportation related issues that are important to you:




TCAG is currently developing a Public Participation Plan which will list our policies, goals and methods in
eliciting public involvement. TCAG’s public outreach efforts include meetings or events to introduce
transportation-related topics to the public and seeking input from the public on specific transportation
issues. Please reference our website (www.tularecog.org) or contact TCAG staff for more information.
2) What is the best way to notify you about a meeting? Please select from Excellent to Very Poor for
each method:
                                               Excellent  Good     Average     Poor     Very Poor
E-Mail
Postcard or Letter
Newspaper Ad
Radio Ad
TCAG Website
Announcement from a community group

Please list any other ways that you would like to be notified about a meeting:



3) How would you like to have detailed material presented to you? Please rank each item in order of
importance from 1 (most important) to 5 (least important).
              Written reports with maps, charts etc. posted on the TCAG website
              Video or Powerpoint presentations at TCAG meetings
              Video or Powerpoint presentations at Community Group meetings
              Brochures, flyers, posters that are posted at Community Centers or
              other local gathering places
              A condensed overview in TCAG’s ‘On the Move’ newsletter

Please list any other ways that you would like to have information presented to you:



If you would like to receive TCAG’s ‘On the Move’ newsletter please provide your mailing or e-mail
address:



   Dinuba    Exeter   Farmersville   Lindsay   Porterville   Tulare   Visalia   Woodlake   County of Tulare
tcag
                                                                                    5961 S. Mooney Blvd.
                                                                                  Visalia, California 93277
                                                                                            (559) 733-6291
                                                                                        FAX (559) 733-6720
                             Tulare County Association of Governments
1) ¿Cuáles son los temas sobre el transporte que mas le interesan a usted? Favor de clasificar, en
orden de importancia, 1 (mayor importancia) al 6 (menor importancia):
              Ampliar los servicios públicos de transito
              Mejorar las conexiones al transito y la fiabilidad
              Reducir la congestión en las carreteras
              Mejorar las banquetas y reparar los baches
              Reducir el impacto que el transporte tiene en el medio ambiente
              Mas atención a la planificación y desarrollo del
              transito/peatones/alternativas como bicicletas

Si existe algún otro tema relacionado con el transporte que le interese a usted por favor délo a saber:


TCAG esta desarrollando un Plan con Participación Publica en la cual se enumeraran nuestras pólizas,
metas, y métodos para obtener participación del publico. Por medio de juntas, o eventos para introducir
temas relacionados con el transporte, TCAG se esferaza por suministrar asistencia al publico. En ellas
también se trata de conseguir información del público relacionada con temas sobre transporte. Si desea
mas información favor de visitar la pagina de Internet (www.tularecog.org) o póngase en contacto con el
personal de TCAG.

2) ¿Cómo prefiere que se le informe acerca de las juntas? De los siguientes métodos escoja entre
Excelente a Muy Mal:
                                            Excelente Bueno Promedio            Mal     Muy Mal
Correo electrónico (e-mail)
Postal o carta
Anuncio en el Periódico
Anuncio sobre la radio
Pagina de Internet de TCAG
Anuncio de algún grupo comunitario

Favor de anotar alguna otra manera de notificarle sobre las juntas:


3) ¿Cómo le gustaría que se le presente información detallada? Favor de clasificar, en orden de
importancia, 1 (mayor importancia) al 5 (menor importancia).
               Reportes con mapas, gráficos etc. disponibles en la pagina de
               Internet de TCAG
               Videos o presentaciones de PowerPoint en las juntas de TCAG
               Videos o presentaciones de PowerPoint en las juntas de grupo
               comunitario
               Folletos, carteles o póster visibles en centros comunitarios
               Un resumen del boletín informativo ‘On the Move’ de TCAG

Favor de notar otro manera que le gustaría que esta información se presentada a usted:


Si le gustaría recibir una copia del boletín informativo ‘On the Move’ de TCAG favor de proveer su
domicilio o su correo electrónico.


   Dinuba   Exeter   Farmersville   Lindsay   Porterville   Tulare   Visalia   Woodlake   County of Tulare
                                                                                                                           Exhibit 8



                        Tulare County Association of Governments


Tulare County Fair Survey Results

SUMMARY:
        A survey in English and Spanish containing 3 questions relating to transportation
issues and public participation was distributed at the Tulare County Fair from September
12th through 16th. Below are the results of this survey (note: not all of the surveys were
filled out completely).

1) What transportation issues are you most interested in? Please rank each item in order of
importance from 1 (most important) to 6 (least important).

                                                             Total
                                                                                                                     Av
                                                           response      1    2        3    4         5   6
                                                                                                                      g
                                                               s
Expand public transit services                                64         17    6        8   10    13      10         3.4
Improving transit connectivity and reliability                66         9    9        10   12    15      11         3.7
Reducing congestion on roadways                               65         15   14        9   17     4       6         3.0
Improving pavement quality and fixing potholes                73         42   8         6    9     6       2         2.1
Reducing transportation’s impact on the environment           67         10   10       12   12    12      11         3.6
Planning development to be more
                                                             68          11   15       12   5         8   17         3.5
transit/pedestrian/bicycle oriented

Of those surveyed, improving pavement quality and fixing potholes was by far the most
important transportation issue. Reducing congestion was a clear second while the
remaining issues were narrowly separated from 3rd to 6th most important.

2) What is the best way to notify you about a meeting? Please list from Excellent to Very
Poor for each method.

                          Total     Excellent     Good            Average     Poor          Very Poor
                                                                                                              Avg
                        responses      (1)         (2)              (3)        (4)             (5)
E-Mail                      71         26          18               11          0              16              2.5
Postcard or Letter          75         30          23               11          7               4              2.1
Newspaper Ad                63          9          20               13         12               9              2.9
Radio Ad                    65         15          13               19         11               7              2.7
TCAG Website                64         10           8               19         11              16              3.2
Announcement from
                           66           6             15            21            12             12            3.1
a Community Group

Of those surveyed, postcard or letter notification was rated as the best way to be notified
about a meeting. Of particular note, e-mail notification was rated as the second best
method of notification while the TCAG website was rated as the least preferred method of
notification.
3) How would you like to have detailed material presented to you? Please rank each item
in order of importance.

                                                         Total
                                                                                           Av
                                                       response   1    2    3    4    5
                                                                                            g
                                                           s
Written reports with maps, charts etc. posted on the
                                                         67       28   8    8    7    16   2.6
TCAG website
Video or Powerpoint presentations at TCAG meetings       60       15   11   8    14   12   3.0
Video or Powerpoint presentations at Community
                                                         63       14   13   14   13   9    2.8
Group meetings
Brochures, flyers, posters that are posted at
                                                         62       23   11   11   7    10   2.5
Community Centers or other local gathering places
A condensed overview in TCAG’s ‘On the Move’
                                                         67       20   14   7    9    16   2.8
newsletter

Of those surveyed, information posted at community centers or other local gathering
places was rated as the most preferred method for the presentation of detailed material
while presentations at TCAG meetings was rated last.



In addition to the selections listed in the above 3 questions, space was provided for the
respondents to list other transportation issues, notification methods and material
presentation methods. 23 people wrote additional information. These responses are
included below.

Space was also provided for people to sign-up for TCAG’s ‘On the Move’ newsletter. 30
people signed up to receive the newsletter (17 listed their e-mail address, 13 listed their
physical address).

Written Responses on the Surveys:
Question 1
   - Making doctor appointments on time from Tulare to Visalia
   - High Speed Rail
   - Providing better bike paths and pedestrian friendly development
   - Quality of road repair. Using materials that can handle heavy tractor payloads
       instead of passenger vehicles.
   - Alternative modes of transportation. Too many unnecessary vehicle trips.
   - Air quality
   - Shirk Rd
   - On main roads next to homes and stores
   - Closer bus transportation near your street in poor neighborhoods
   - Potholes are a big problem!
   - None of the above – more $ for road improvement
Question 2
   - Myspace is always good
   - E-Mail
   - Text message
   - C-Set Town Council
   - KDUV FM
   - Through Kaweah Chapter Sierra Club E-mail

Question 3
   - Mail or call
   - E-mail
   - Letter
   - Meeting where the decisions are still to be decided and not already decided. This
       way the meeting aren’t just a way to humor the public.
   - TV
   - Mail
   - Mail
   - Radio
   - TV Public Service Announcements
   - Newspaper ads, commercials
   - To have an outline of the important issues
                                                                                              Exhibit 9



 1          BEFORE THE TULARE COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS
 2                  COUNTY OF TULARE, STATE OF CALIFORNIA
 3
 4   IN THE MATTER OF CERTIFYING THE                    )
 5   2007 REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN                  )
 6   SAFETEA-LU UPDATES                                 )       RESOLUTION NO. 1729
 7
 8          WHEREAS, the Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) is a Regional
 9   Transportation Planning Agency and a Metropolitan Planning Organization, pursuant to State
10   and Federal designation; and
11
12          WHEREAS, on May 21, 2007, TCAG adopted the Tulare County 2007 Regional
13   Transportation Plan (RTP), the Final Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Tulare
14   County 2007 RTP, the 2007 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment
15   #8 and Air Quality Conformity Analysis for the 2007 RTP and FTIP Amendment #8; and
16
17          WHEREAS, the SAFETEA-LU Gap Analysis, Appendix F of the 2007 RTP, lists the
18   transportation planning and programming requirements to bring the RTP into SAFETEA-LU
19   compliance; and
20
21          WHEREAS, on September 17, 2007, information has been presented to the Board,
22   including Staff’s report and associated documents relating to the progress towards SAFETEA-
23   LU compliance. All of said information, materials, facts, reports and other evidence are
24   incorporated by reference herein.
25
26          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED as follows:
27
28         1. The Board hereby adopts the attached amended SAFETEA-LU Gap Requirements
29   Schedule to allow for a 45 day public comment period for the Draft Public Participation Plan.
30
31           2. Based upon the evidence and information on the record before it, the Board certifies
32   the following steps have been taken to complete the transportation planning and programming
33   components as listed in the SAFETEA-LU Gap Analysis (Appendix F of the 2007 RTP) and the
34   amended SAFETEA-LU Gap Requirements Schedule:
35
36               a.   The initial Survey comment period ended August 31st with 24 responses
37                    received.
38
39               b.   Non-responding Resource Agencies were contacted by phone to determine if
40                    they wanted to participate in the development of the Draft Plan.
41
42               c.   A Survey in English and Spanish (attached) was distributed at the Tulare
43                    County Fair.
44
45   /

                                                    1
SAFETEA-LU GAP REQUIREMENTS SCHEDLUE
                                        July             August               September                  October             November     December
                                16       23 30      6    13 20      27    3    10 17 24        1     8     15 22   29    5    12 19 26   3   10 17
                  TCAG Meetings X                            X                      X                       X                     X          X

Gap Analysis:
Adoption of completed
                                             (There will be an on-going effort to maintain compliance of the completed requirements.)
requirements and schedule

Public Participation Plan:
Outline of Plan

Letter to interested parties
Contact Resrouce Agencies that
have not responded
Schedule meetings with
interested parties, as necessary
Draft of Plan
Send Draft to interested parties
for review
Final Plan

Public Transit Element:
Draft of Coordination Plan

Send Draft for review

Final Coordination Plan


      Deliverables

'Interested Parties' include resource agencies and other public and private organizations and individuals
                                                                                               Exhibit 10


                                       AGENDA

                  Social Service Transportation Advisory Council

                                     DATE: September 25, 2007

                                     TIME: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

                 LOCATION: Tulare County Government Plaza
                                     Planning Commission Room
                                     5961 S. Mooney Blvd.
                                     Visalia, CA 93277


PUBLIC COMMENTS:

       This portion of the meeting is reserved for persons wishing to address the Council on
items within its jurisdiction but not on this agenda. Unscheduled comments are limited to 5
minutes. Note: Prior to action by the Council on any item on this agenda, the public may
comment on that item.

ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION:

A)     Introductions and/or announcements.

B)     Approval of Minutes from May 22, 2007 meeting.

C)     Update on recent efforts to fill vacancies on the SSTAC; current nominations.

D)     Update on the implementation of 2006 unmet transit needs found reasonable to meet
       by SSTAC – Transit Providers.

E)     Update on T-Pass (regional pass) sales and ridership – Dan Fox, TCAT

F)     Transit Coordination: Status of completion of the County of Tulare Coordinated
       Transportation Plan; overview of plan Implementation Strategies and Priorities; next
       steps.

G)     Update on development of a Public Participation Plan – Ben Giuliani, TCAG

H)     Transit Funding: Cuts to State Transit Assistance (STA) funding in the 2007-08 state
       budget and potential impacts to Tulare County transit agencies.

I)     Items for discussion from SSTAC members and/or transit providers.

       Next meeting scheduled November 27, 2007, starts at 1:30 p.m. P.C. Room Tulare
       County Government Plaza 5961 S. Mooney, Visalia, CA
                                                                                    Exhibit 11




           TULARE COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS

                   * * * * NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING * * * *

The Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) is holding a public
hearing to receive testimony prior to adoption of the 2007 TCAG Public
Participation Plan. The hearing will be held on Monday, October 15, 2007, at
1:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisor’s Conference Room A & B at the
Administration Building of the County Civic Center, 2800 West Burrel in Visalia,
California and continued to Monday, November 19, 2007 at the same time and
location.

The Public Participation Plan is to be used to solicit public comment on
transportation-related issues from citizens, agencies and organizations such as
for the Regional Transportation Plan and Federal Transportation Improvement
Program. Copies of the Draft 2007 Public Participation Plan are available for
review at the Tulare County Government Plaza, Tulare County Association of
Governments, 5961 S. Mooney Boulevard, Visalia, CA 93277 or via e-mail from
bgiuliani@co.tulare.ca.us and is posted on the TCAG website at
www.tularecog.org .

For those unable to attend the hearing, written statements will be accepted until
November 19, 2007. For further information please contact Benjamin Giuliani at
the above address or e-mail or via phone at (559)733-6291 or fax at (559)733-
6720.
                                                                                           Exhibit 12



tcag                                                               5961 S. Mooney Blvd.
                                                               Visalia, California 93277
                                                                         (559) 733-6291
                                                                     FAX (559) 733-6720
                  Tulare County Association of Governments

                                    October 5, 2007

To:          Interested Parties in regards to Tulare County transportation issues

Subject:     2007 TCAG Draft Public Participation Plan

The Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG), the Metropolitan Planning
Organization (MPO) for Tulare County, is requesting your review of the enclosed Draft
Public Participation Plan to be used to solicit public comment on transportation-related
issues of Tulare County. You have received this letter because your agency has been
identified as a resource agency or participating consultation agency. The 45-day public
review period for this document ends on November 19th, 2007.

On August 10, 2005, the President signed into law the highway bill - Safe, Accountable,
Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). In
addition to providing federal funding authorization for a wide variety of transportation
programs, SAFETEA-LU introduced additional consultation requirements for the public
participation plans developed by MPOs (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 23, Sec.
450.316(a)). In response to these new requirements, TCAG is requesting your input in
developing a new Public Participation Plan to reflect the enhanced outreach efforts
required under SAFETEA-LU.

Thank you in advance for your participation. If you have any questions about the Plan,
please contact Ben Giuliani of my staff at (559) 733-6291 or bgiuliani@co.tulare.ca.us.
Please send comments regarding the Draft Public Participation Plan to the above
address, fax or e-mail by November 19th. However, due to the enhanced consultation
requirements, please note that if we do not receive a response from your agency by
November 5th, my staff will follow up with a phone call and/or e-mail to request your
participation.

Sincerely,



Ted Smalley
Assistant Executive Director

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Dinuba Exeter Farmersville Lindsay Porterville Tulare Visalia Woodlake County of Tulare
tcag                                                               5961 S. Mooney Blvd.
                                                               Visalia, California 93277
                                                                         (559) 733-6291
                                                                     FAX (559) 733-6720
                  Tulare County Association of Governments

                                    October 5, 2007

To:          Interested Parties in regards to Tulare County transportation issues

Subject:     2007 TCAG Draft Public Participation Plan

The Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG), the Metropolitan Planning
Organization (MPO) for Tulare County, is requesting your review of the enclosed Draft
Public Participation Plan to be used to solicit public comment on transportation-related
issues of Tulare County. You have received this letter because you or your agency had
requested a copy of the Draft Public Participation Plan. The 45-day public review period
for this document ends on November 19th, 2007.

On August 10, 2005, the President signed into law the highway bill - Safe, Accountable,
Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). In
addition to providing federal funding authorization for a wide variety of transportation
programs, SAFETEA-LU introduced additional consultation requirements for the public
participation plans developed by MPOs (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 23, Sec.
450.316(a)). In response to these new requirements, TCAG is requesting your input in
developing a new Public Participation Plan to reflect the enhanced outreach efforts
required under SAFETEA-LU.

Thank you in advance for your participation. If you have any questions about the Plan or
if you’d like to be mailed a hardcopy of the Plan, please contact Ben Giuliani of my staff
at (559) 733-6291 or bgiuliani@co.tulare.ca.us. Please send comments regarding the
Draft Public Participation Plan to the above address, fax or e-mail by November 19th.

Sincerely,



Ted Smalley
Assistant Executive Director

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Dinuba Exeter Farmersville Lindsay Porterville Tulare Visalia Woodlake County of Tulare
                                                                                           Exhibit 13



tcag                                                               5961 S. Mooney Blvd.
                                                               Visalia, California 93277
                                                                         (559) 733-6291
                                                                     FAX (559) 733-6720
                  Tulare County Association of Governments

                                    October 5, 2007

To:          Interested Parties in regards to Tulare County transportation issues

Subject:     2007 TCAG Draft Public Participation Plan

The Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG), the Metropolitan Planning
Organization (MPO) for Tulare County, is requesting your review of the Draft Public
Participation Plan to be used to solicit public comment on transportation-related issues
of Tulare County. The Plan is posted on the TCAG website:
http://www.tularecog.org/publicparticipationplan.htm.

You have received this letter because you or your agency/organization is on one of
TCAG’s mailing lists (‘On the Move’ newsletter, Blueprint, Environmental Review, Social
Services, etc.) or you have been identified as an ‘interested party’ that may wish to
contribute to this process. The 45-day public review period for this document ends on
November 19th, 2007.

On August 10, 2005, the President signed into law the highway bill - Safe, Accountable,
Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). In
addition to providing federal funding authorization for a wide variety of transportation
programs, SAFETEA-LU introduced additional consultation requirements for the public
participation plans developed by MPOs (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 23, Sec.
450.316(a)). In response to these new requirements, TCAG is requesting your input in
developing a new Public Participation Plan to reflect the enhanced outreach efforts
required under SAFETEA-LU.

Thank you in advance for your participation. If you have any questions about the Plan,
please contact Ben Giuliani of my staff at (559) 733-6291 or bgiuliani@co.tulare.ca.us.
Please send comments regarding the Draft Public Participation Plan to the above
address, fax or e-mail by November 19th.

Sincerely,



Ted Smalley
Assistant Executive Director

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ts:bg


Dinuba Exeter Farmersville Lindsay Porterville Tulare Visalia Woodlake County of Tulare
Exhibit 14
                                                                  Exhibit 15



                                      AGENDA

                     TULARE COUNTY
            ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
                    Tulare County Resource Management Agency
                            Planning Commission Room
                           5961 South Mooney Boulevard
                                 Visalia, Ca. 93277


Meeting Date: October 29, 2007
Meeting Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Contact:      Elizabeth Wright, TCAG Staff (559) 733-6653 x4875

Agenda

   1.     Call to Order

   2.     Introductions

   3.     Draft Conservation Bank Site Recommendations

   4.     Public Participation Plan

   5.     Future Agenda Topics/Next Meeting Date

   6.     Adjournment
                                                                                              Exhibit 16



 1          BEFORE THE TULARE COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS
 2                  COUNTY OF TULARE, STATE OF CALIFORNIA
 3
 4   IN THE MATTER OF CERTIFYING THE                    )
 5   2007 REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN                  )
 6   SAFETEA-LU UPDATES                                 )       RESOLUTION NO. 1738
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 8          WHEREAS, the Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) is a Regional
 9   Transportation Planning Agency and a Metropolitan Planning Organization, pursuant to State
10   and Federal designation; and
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12          WHEREAS, on May 21, 2007, TCAG adopted the Tulare County 2007 Regional
13   Transportation Plan (RTP), the Final Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Tulare
14   County 2007 RTP, the 2007 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment
15   #8 and Air Quality Conformity Analysis for the 2007 RTP and FTIP Amendment #8; and
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17          WHEREAS, the SAFETEA-LU Gap Analysis, Appendix F of the 2007 RTP, lists the
18   transportation planning and programming requirements to bring the RTP into SAFETEA-LU
19   compliance; and
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21          WHEREAS, on November 19, 2007, information has been presented to the Board,
22   including Staff’s report and associated documents relating to the progress towards SAFETEA-
23   LU compliance. All of said information, materials, facts, reports and other evidence are
24   incorporated by reference herein.
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26          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED as follows:
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28           1. Based upon the evidence and information on the record before it, the Board certifies
29   the following steps have been taken to complete the transportation planning and programming
30   components as listed in the SAFETEA-LU Gap Analysis (Appendix F of the 2007 RTP) and the
31   amended SAFETEA-LU Gap Requirements Schedule:
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33               a.   The Draft Public Participation Plan was distributed for review on October 5th.
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35               b.   A Public Hearing for the Plan was opened at the October 15th Board Meeting
36                    and continued to the November 19th Board Meeting.
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38               c.   Comments were received by the following Resource Agencies, other agencies,
39                    organizations and individuals: United States Environmental Protection Agency
40                    (EPA), San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) ….
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42               d.   The Final Coordinated Transportation Plan was approved by the TCAG Board
43                    at the November 19th Meeting (Resolution No. 1739).
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 1         The foregoing resolution was adopted upon motion of Member Link, seconded by
 2   Member Martinez, at a regular meeting on the 19th day of November, 2007, by the following
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 5          AYES: Ishida, Isherwood, Cox, Worthley, Ennis, McKittrick, Allwardt, Kimball,
 6                Martinez, Ortega, Link, Ritchie, McKinley, Zimmerman, Dunbar
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 8          NOES:
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10       ABSENT: Boyer
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18                                      Allen Ishida
19                                      Chair, TCAG
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23                                      Executive Secretary, TCAG
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Appendix B – Responses to Comments

Comments regarding the Draft Public Participation Plan were received from the San
Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD), Caltrans – Division of
Aeronautics and Caltrans – District 6. In addition, general comments were received from
the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA’s comments were
sent prior to but received after the distribution of the Draft Plan.

From:       Connell Dunning, US EPA – Environmental Review Office
Dated:      October 4, 2007
Response:         #1    Comment noted.
Response:         #2    The 40 CRF 93.105 consultation process has been noted under
                        procedures for public agency involvement in the development of
                        the RTP on pg 7.
Response:         #3    Comment noted (already included in the Draft Plan).
Response:         #4    Comment noted.
Response:         #5    Information regarding environmental mitigation was added to the
                        Environmental Advisory Committee description on pg 2.
Response:         #6    Comment noted (already included in the Draft Plan or the RTP
                        itself).
Response:         #7    Comment noted (already included in the Draft Plan).
Response:         #8    Comment noted (participation details for individual studies are to
                        be addressed on a case by case basis).


From:       Lauren Dawson, SJVPCD
Dated:      October 18, 2007
Response:         #1    A procedure was added regarding response to public feedback on
                        pg 5.


From:       Andy Kubik, Caltrans – Division of Aeronautics
Dated:      November 6, 2007
Response:         #1    Specific mention of the various modes of transportation, including
                        aviation, was added to the background description of the RTP on
                        pg 6.




2007 TCAG Public Participation Plan                                                      B-1
From:       Lorena Mendibles, Caltrans – District 6
Dated:      November 8, 2007
Response:         #1    The suggested edit was made on pg 5.
Response:         #2    Specific procedures are included regarding other traditionally
                        under-served groups. This includes the involvement of SSTAC
                        (description on pg 1-2) and meeting with community groups.
Response:         #3    Comment noted.
Response:         #4    Internet addresses for TCAG and Caltrans were added to pg 11.
Response:         #5    This information is provided in detail in the OWP which is also
                        available to the public on the TCAG website.
Response:         #6    The $1,000 set aside for training is not currently available to the
                        Tule River Tribe because they are not currently a member agency.
                        However, allocation of this training money to the Tule River Tribe
                        is an excellent suggestion and will be considered for the 08/09
                        OWP.
Response:         #7    Internet addresses for the Great Valley Center, SJVAPCD,
                        Merced CAG and the other Valley COGs were added to pg 14.
Response:         #8    The title was amended as suggested and the identified tribal
                        contact was added to the contact list in Exhibit IV of Appendix A.




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