SRPEDD's Public Participation Program
The Public Participation Program (PPP) is developed with the ultimate goal of allowing every person in the region the opportunity to become active participants in the continuous, cooperative and comprehensive metropolitan planning and decision-making process guiding every issue, project, program or service. The goal of the PPP is to ensure that all persons, regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or ethnicity, sexual orientation or veteran’s status have an equal opportunity to participate in the SMMPO’s decision-making process. This program is designed, in part, to develop partnerships with, and enhance the participation in the transportation planning process, by groups and individuals of traditionally underrepresented populations. This program will change and adapt over time as necessary, based on ideas and feedback from the public and from our staff, as well as from occasions or circumstances for public participation that may arise.
The PPP also guides the SMMPO in its public participation efforts in creation of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and various transportation studies. The PPP is an essential element with the distribution of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Metropolitan Planning funding, and with Federal Transit Administration Section 5303 and Section 5307 grants to the regional transit agencies, Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) and Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA).