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.
Core and Vital Documents
SJTPO has nine documents that are often referred to as “core documents.” This term is used to describe a plan that requires a public comment of at least 30 days as well as at least one public meeting. SJTPO’s “core documents” are as follows:
- Access for All Transit Plan: Federally required to be updated every five years, the Access for All Transit Plan identifies the unmet transportation needs and recommends methods to increase service quality and reduce the cost of providing services to the transportation disadvantaged population in the region.
- Congestion Management Process (CMP): The CMP is a federally required process documented in a methodology report that guides how to safely and effectively manage and operate South Jersey’s transportation network.
- Limited English Proficiency Plan (LEP): The LEP Plan is a federally required document, updated as needed, that identifies the LEP populations in the region and how SJTPO will work to accommodate their needs in SJTPO’s process.
- Public Involvement Plan (PIP): The PIP is a required document, updated as needed, that articulates the rules SJTPO will follow and the processes by which the public can engage in the MPO transportation planning process.
- Regional Transportation Plan (RTP): The RTP is a long-term transportation plan that identifies a high-level vision and outlines transportation projects for at least the next 20 years, and is the result of extensive outreach, collaboration, and consensus. The RTP is updated every four years.
- Transportation Conformity: The Transportation Conformity document demonstrates transportation conformity of the TIP and RTP with the 2015 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
- Transportation Improvement Program (TIP): The TIP is an agreed upon list of projects, for which state and federal funds are expected to be spent. The TIP is updated every two years.
- Title VI Implementation Plan: The Title VI Implementation Plan is a federally required document, updated as needed, that documents how SJTPO will meet its requirements under Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964.
- Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP): The UPWP details all anticipated transportation planning activities to be performed by the SJTPO staff, subregions, and member agencies during the fiscal year. The UPWP is updated every year.
SJTPO’s “vital documents” are documents that help residents and stakeholders understand SJTPO’s purpose and importance in the four-county region and will be proactively translated into Spanish and translated in other languages upon request. These documents are as follows:
- Access for All Transit Plan Executive Summary: The Access for All Transit Plan Executive Summary is in development and upon completion will be translated and available on the Access for All Transit Plan webpage.
- Environmental Justice (EJ) Plan: The EJ Plan is in development and upon completion the EJ Plan and the Executive Summary in both English and Spanish will be available on the Environmental Justice webpage.
- Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan: The LEP Plan has been translated into Spanish and is available on the LEP webpage.
- Public Involvement Plan (PIP) Executive Summary: The PIP Executive Summary will be updated to reflect changes made to the PIP as a result of the most recent public comment period (March 4, 2021 to April 18, 2021). The current 2020 PIP Executive Summary is available on the PIP webpage.
- Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Executive Summary: The RTP 2050 Executive Summary is available in English and Spanish on the RTP webpage.
- The Public Engagement Guide to Transportation Planning in South Jersey: The Guide is available in English and Spanish on the Public Engagement Guide webpage.
- Title VI Complaint Form: The Title VI Complaint Form is available and must be completed if a person or group of persons believes they have been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice by SJTPO under Title VI. The form is available in English and Spanish on the Title VI webpage.
- Title VI Complaint Procedures: Materials that directly allow the public to understand and exercise their rights under Title VI with regard to SJTPO are available on the Title VI webpage.
- Title VI Notice: The Title VI Notice is SJTPO’s commitment to the public to assure full compliance with Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice, and related nondiscrimination statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. The Title VI Notice is available on the Title VI webpage.
- Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Executive Summary: The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-2029 TIP Executive Summary is available in English and Spanish on the TIP webpage.
- Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Executive Summary: The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 UPWP Executive Summary is available in English and Spanish on the UPWP webpage.
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.
Need the PIP to be Translated?
The PIP can be translated into an alternate language. To request a translation, complete the Translation Request form or email TitleVI@sjtpo.org. Please allow a 7-day time period for SJTPO to process any requests.
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.
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