Citizen Participation

Public Participation

MTC Needs Your Input!

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Noah Berger

Would you like to help MTC improve how we provide information and hear public input on transportation projects and programs? Would you like better connections with the agency that plans for the future of the Bay Area's road, highway and transit networks? If so, please share your thoughts about how we can best reach out to you for comments and ideas by completing a brief survey (takes about three minutes).

The survey closes on February 21, 2018 and is being conducted in Spanish and Chinese as well as English. Read More

Funding

Participatory Budgeting: A Proposed MTC Pilot Project and a Brief Lit Review

According to the Participatory Budgeting Project, participatory budgeting (PB):

... is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It enables taxpayers to work with government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives.

PB has been around internationally for some time and recently PB projects have been implemented locally on a limited scale in both Vallejo and Oakland. Since 2012, the City of Vallejo has engaged over 15,000 residents in allocating nearly $7 million for 25 local projects. In Oakland, over 1,200 residents of two City Council Districts helped decide how to spend nearly $800,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to benefit low-and moderate-income residents. 

Here at MTC, staff are proposing to pilot PB projects through the next cycle of the Community-Based Transportation Planning (CBPT) Program, set to run from 2017-2021. Read More