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Publications: On The Move . . . A Basic Guide To Transportation Planning For Citizens

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Learn all you can about transportation planning and funding. Speak up and share your ideas with the decision-makers.

Looking for information?

Other then the SPC web site, websites of interest include:

PennDOT
Federal Highway Administration
Federal Transit Administration
Port Authority of Allegheny County
Beaver County Transit Authority
Butler Transit Authority
Fayette Area Coordinated Transportation (FACT)
Indiana County Transit Authority
Mid-Mon Valley Transit Authority
New Castle Area Transportation Authority
Town & Country Transit
Westmoreland County Transit Authority
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
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Share your opinions and priorities. Tell decision-makers what’s important to you.

Attend public meetings in your county, hosted by the Public Participation Panel (PPP).

  • Each of SPC’s member counties has a panel.
  • PPP members are appointed for two-year terms by their own County Commissioners. (In Allegheny County the panel is appointed jointly by the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.)
  • The PPP represents all kinds of people around the county.
  • The PPP is a connection between SPC and residents of the county. It hosts public meetings where you can comment on major transportation plans and programs before they are adopted by SPC. This is the best opportunity for the general public to be heard. Contact SPC for information on the schedule for PPP meetings. A schedule of all SPC-related meetings (including PPPs, when applicable) is available here.

Submit comments to SPC

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Your comments will be most timely if submitted during a special public comment period, related to a specific plan or program being considered by our Commission.

How can you influence transportation decisions?

  • A County that presents a united agenda of its priorities will be the most effective in getting its projects funded.
  • Review the projects on the current TIP, and express support for the ones that are important to you. Even though it’s on the TIP now, it still needs your support. Remember that due to limited funds, there’s not much room for new projects at this time.
  • If you want funding for a major project, be realistic. Don’t expect completion tomorrow. We may have to break it into sections and stage them over several years. It will be easier to program smaller projects, which can be realistically completed in the timeframe of the program. Understand that major projects may need to go through a lengthy review process to meet federal and state
    requirements.
  • A municipality that assists in funding a project may see it advance more quickly. Perhaps they can provide right-of-way, or they have already done engineering studies for an intersection improvement. This sponsor has reduced costs and demonstrated that the project is ready to go.
  • In your testimony, emphasize the public benefits (or public costs) of a project, rather than the personal impact on you.
  • Help to improve the design of a project at the earliest possible opportunity. Early input may be more effective than criticism after a project has been designed, approved, and funded. Suggest realistic alternatives that still address the same transportation needs. Bring your concerns to the attention of local elected leaders.
  • Be aware of the schedule SPC follows in developing its plans and programs, so you can provide input at the most effective times.
    • Long-range transportation and development plan is updated every 4 years, the current plan was adopted in June 2015. Each draft plan is under development for at least a year prior to adoption. The 30-day public comment period on the draft plan is scheduled about 6 weeks prior to the scheduled adoption date.
    • The TIP is updated in the summer of every even-numbered calendar year, taking effect October 1 of that year. Public meetings are held during the summer of the previous (oddnumbered) year, to learn the public’s priorities before the draft TIP is developed. Once the draft TIP has been constructed, there is a 30-day public comment period, about 6 weeks
      prior to adoption, to give the public another chance for input.
  • Communicate with your County Commissioners and County Planning Department. (In Allegheny County, contact the county Chief Executive, Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, or their Planning Directors.) Your County (or the City of Pittsburgh) represents you, along with PennDOT and SPC staff, as plans and programs are developed. They also represent you on the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, casting votes for adoption of transportation plans and programs.
  • Communicate with your representative in Congress and your state legislator. They can be influential, working to fund the region’s
    transportation program. To identify your state and federal legislators, check http://www.pa.gov, and click on “Contact Your
    Legislators.”

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