Public Participation

Are We Coming Through Loud and Clear? Are We Hearing You?

By Brenda Kahn
MTC/ABAG staff and members of the public discuss the projections for population and housing for Plan Bay Area 2040 at an open house event. Individuals stand in groups while display boards are on the table in the background.

Marshall McLuhan famously posited that “the medium is the message,” meaning that how you convey information is as important as the intended message itself. MTC’s Draft 2018 Public Participation Plan examines the media and methods the agency uses to get its messages across to the public, and to collect feedback. In essence, we are asking the public to comment on how they would like to receive information and comment in the future on MTC’s plans and programs.

The Draft 2018 Public Participation Plan highlights opportunities for Bay Area residents to engage in the range of MTC’s planning work and funding allocations. Also included as Appendix A are decision milestones for the pending update to the region’s long-range transportation and land use blueprint, known as Plan Bay Area — slated to be adopted jointly by MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments in 2021.

The Public Participation Plan addresses state and federal requirements for a transparent and inclusive public process. Read the full story here. The draft document can be viewed online at Comments are due by 4 p.m. Monday, May 7, 2018, with adoption of the plan by MTC slated for June 2018. Comments can be emailed to or mailed to MTC Public Information, 375 Beale Street, Suite 800, San Francisco, CA 94105.

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