Revised January 25, 1979
While transportation recommendations must be based on the best available information, political decisions are ultimately required. And these decisions must reflect the public will. When risks must be measured against benefits, when economic and environmental values must be weighted and balanced, the public has the right and the obligation to make its views known.
SCAG welcomes public participation, because informed and involved citizens and citizen groups are essential for action to improve our regional transportation system. The views, opinions, needs and desires of the public will continue to be sought as SCAG updates the regional plan.
What can you do to make a difference in the transportation planning process?
First of all, get informed about local, regional and state transportation proposals, plans and programs. Once you have this basic information, the next step is to evaluate it within your own experience, based on where you live and travel.
Then, determine what you want in transportation, now and in the future. Take your ideas, requests and suggestions to your local elected officials, to planners, or to others who are working on the problems.
Get involved with your neighborhood or community planning group. Find out who does this work in your area. Encourage civic and local organizations to have programs on transportation issues.
And be sure to let us know at SCAG how you feel about transportation. We invite your participation in public hearings, forums, workshops, and by writing or calling us. SCAG encourages public input and involvement &mdash yes, and even prodding and constructive criticism of its regional planning program.