The Public Involvement Plan (PIP)
The Public Involvement Plan (PIP) documents the rules SJTPO will follow and identifies methods that SJTPO will employ in its efforts to ensure that planning efforts include the public to the greatest degree reasonably possible.
In accordance with Federal guidance, the intent of the SJTPO is to have a meaningful, proactive public involvement process that provides complete and timely information to all segments of the population on key decisions. Furthermore, it supports early and continuing public involvement in the development of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Public Involvement Plan (PIP), and other major plans and programs. In addition, the SJTPO understands the inherent need to develop public understanding and support of its activities.
To accomplish this, the SJTPO will maintain public involvement procedures, consistent with Federal guidance, and in support of the following major goals:
- Increase and improve opportunities for public involvement.
- Increase the accessibility and transparency of information available to the public.
- Increase the efficiency of the public involvement process.
- Provide the public with more options and more education on how to get involved and be heard in the transportation planning process.
- Make better transportation decisions that meet the needs of all people.
- Enhance the environmental justice process.
Social Media and its Impact of SJTPO’s Public Involvement Procedures
SJTPO understands that the region’s residents lead active, busy lifestyles, which means not everyone can attend in-person events and meetings. Because of this, SJTPO maintains various social media platforms as an additional method to reach residents and highlight key activities and initiatives. Facebook and Twitter are the two primary forms of social media used by SJTPO to disseminate information regarding upcoming meetings and events, newsletters, reminders about public comment periods, as well as to share the activities of staff members and other regional transportation planning matters.
Any comment the SJTPO receives via social media that adheres to the SJTPO Social Media Policy will be responded to and added to public record, as appropriate.
Accessibility of Documents and Records
All final draft and final approved plans, programs, and studies produced by SJTPO are available online, at the SJTPO office, and all State Depository Libraries in the region, which make major government agency documents available for viewing by the public at no cost.
If, for any reason, an individual is unable to view documents on the SJTPO website, the SJTPO office, or any State Depository Library in the SJTPO region, noncolor copies may be requested. Fees for copies are $0.05 per letter page or $0.07 per legal page. Copies may be picked up at the SJTPO office for no additional charge or mailed at the expense of the receiver. The SJTPO may waive totals under $1.00. Printing and postage costs must be paid by receiver prior to mailing. Checks or money orders must be made out to the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA). Cash is not accepted.