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          MTC Public Participation Plan
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          Jan. 2007 Workshops with Advisory Committees
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Slide 2    WHAT:
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           MTC Public Participation Plan                  ___________________________________
             How to involve the public in key decisions   ___________________________________
             will be focus for next 6 months

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             Review of MTC policies and procedures

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             Seek input from public and advisors

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Slide 3    WHY:
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           MTC 2007 Public Participation Plan             ___________________________________
            Federal legislation (SAFETEA) adopted
            in August 2005 requires MTC adopt a
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            “Public Participation Plan”
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            Environmental Justice Principle #1,
            adopted by the Commission in March 2006,      ___________________________________
            calls for an “open and transparent public
            participation process”
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Slide 4   Environmental Justice Principle #1
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               Create an open and transparent
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               public participation process that
               empowers low-income communities             ___________________________________
               and communities of color to participate
               in decision making that affects them.       ___________________________________
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Slide 5   WHEN:
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          Critical Milestones in Development of Plan       ___________________________________
           Brainstorm with advisors in January 2007
           Web survey                                      ___________________________________
           Special focus groups
           Peer panel review                               ___________________________________
           Draft plan released in late March 2007
           Formal public hearing in May 2007               ___________________________________
           Final adoption by the Commission in June 2007

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Slide 6   WHO:
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          MTC 2007 Public Participation Plan               ___________________________________
                              YOU!                         ___________________________________
            We want to hear from you, MTC’s                ___________________________________
            advisors, on ways to involve your
            communities!                                   ___________________________________
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Slide 7   HOW:
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          Public Participation Principles
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           Public participation is a dynamic activity that
           requires teamwork and commitment at all levels of
           the MTC organization.
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           One size does not fit all.
           Citizen advisory committees can be used to hear and   ___________________________________
           learn from many voices in the Bay Area.
           Engaging the interested citizen in ‘regional’
           transportation issues is challenging, but possible.   ___________________________________
           Effective public outreach and involvement requires
           relationship building.
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Slide 8   CURRENT PRACTICES -- to                                ___________________________________
          draw attendance at workshops
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            Grants to community-based organizations
            Translators available; translate materials           ___________________________________
            Vary meeting locations
            E-mail blasts; postcards; radio PSAs                 ___________________________________
            Ads in minority media
            Generate articles in various media outlets           ___________________________________
          What do you think of these techniques?
           Are there others you would suggest?                   ___________________________________
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Slide 9   CURRENT PRACTICES -- to                                ___________________________________
          elicit comments at workshops
           Translators available; translated materials
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           Electronic voting at meetings
           Surveys
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           Facilitated discussions
           Penny or dot voting
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          What do you think of these techniques?
           Are there others you would suggest?                   ___________________________________
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Slide 10   CURRENT PRACTICES – other
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           ways used to gather opinions
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              Web surveys
              Polling                                    ___________________________________
              Focus groups
              Mailbox surveys                            ___________________________________
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           What do you think of these techniques?
            Are there others you would suggest?          ___________________________________
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Slide 11   POTENTIAL NEW PRACTICES
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            Electronic kiosk/booth placed where people   ___________________________________
            gather – farmer’s markets, flea markets,
            at transit transfer points, etc.             ___________________________________
            Network with organizations who will send
            our message to their members, via email      ___________________________________
            and other ways.
                 Faith-based organizations               ___________________________________
                 Neighborhood associations
                 Our partners. Others?                   ___________________________________
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Slide 12   POTENTIAL NEW PRACTICES
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             To direct people to a Web site              ___________________________________
               Movie preview advertising
               Advertising on and outside of buses
               Web banners on local Web sites
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             Media sponsorships
             More use of public access TV stations
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             Periodically bring together a panel of
             “customers” to learn from                   ___________________________________
             Internet blogs?
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Slide 13   PUBLIC OUTREACH TECHNIQUES                          ___________________________________
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                How can we inform the public so
                they can provide better, more relevant
                feedback?
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Slide 14   PUBLIC OUTREACH TECHNIQUES                          ___________________________________
           Give us your opinion of these tools to break down   ___________________________________
           complicated issues so the public understands how
           they might be affected.
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            •   Web-based material reviewed in advance
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                Video show
                PowerPoint slides
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            •   Table-top display boards
            •   Brochures, flyers, other printed material      ___________________________________
            •   Design charrettes for specialized uses
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Slide 15   PUBLIC OUTREACH TECHNIQUES                          ___________________________________
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                 What would help make you a
                 better advisor?
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                 A better advisory committee?
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Slide 16   NEXT STEPS                                   ___________________________________
            Select three advisors from each committee   ___________________________________
            and convene February meeting with MTC
            Special focus groups, Web survey,           ___________________________________
            peer panel review
            Release of draft plan in late March         ___________________________________
            Formal public hearing in May
            Final adoption by MTC Commission in         ___________________________________
            June 2007
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