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Public Input Critical to Transportation Planning Process
July 8, 2015

The transportation planning process can be complex, however it becomes much easier with your input.  MORPC encourages the community to review the draft 2015 Transportation Public Involvement Plan at www.morpc.org/transportation/public-involvement.

The Public Involvement Plan (PIP) is designed to provide our Central Ohio residents an opportunity to participate in the formulation of transportation policies, plans such as the Metropolitan Transportation Plan and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and other transportation programs. Public involvement provides a deliberative and transparent process for people affected by the projects, strategies and initiatives recommended from the transportation planning process.

The PIP process offers a set of procedures to be consistently and comprehensively applied to incorporate the public’s involvement in the transportation planning process, including the planning and development of the Central Ohio Transit Authority’s (COTA’s) and Delaware Area Transit Agency’s (DATABus’s) programs and projects

“In order to improve our transportation system, it is critical that we receive feedback from the public,” said Bernice Cage, MORPC’s Public Information and Diversity Officer. “Your input is welcome at meetings, on MORPC’s website, on social media, in writing and through email.  We would also be happy to attend meetings in your community to further discuss transportation planning that is going on in your neighborhood.”

The PIP is being updated to satisfy the public involvement requirements for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Program grant funding received by both COTA and DATABus. These federal grant program projects provide capital, operating and planning assistance for mass transportation in urbanized area.

The Program of Projects is a list of projects proposed by COTA and DATABus for funding from Section

5307 allotment. The Program of Projects must include:

• A description of each project to be funded

• Total project costs

• Local and federal share for each project

Section 5307 Program of Projects can be found in MORPC’s 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). To view Section 5307 Program of Projects visit www.morpc.org/tip, Table 10.  Summary of Projects by Federal Fund Type.

MORPC’s transportation planning area for the Public Involvement Plan includes Delaware and Franklin counties, Bloom and Violet townships in Fairfield County, New Albany, Pataskala and Etna Township in Licking County and Jerome Township in Union County.

Comments on the draft Transportation Public Involvement Plan are due by 5 p.m. on August 14, 2015 to Bernice Cage, MORPC Public Information & Diversity Officer, via email at bcage@morpc.org or in writing to 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, OH, 43215.