Public input needed into the Draft TIP
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is the region’s forum for collaboration, planning, and public decision-making, and is responsible for planning and prioritizing the use of all state and federal transportation funds allocated to the region. The Commission has the authority and responsibility to make decisions affecting the 10-county region.
One of the ways that they prioritize what projects will happen is through a document called the TIP or Transportation Improvement Program. Currently, there is a draft of this document that is in need of public comment, according to federal law. This draft TIP identifies the priority highway and transit improvements programmed for advancement over the next four years.
Basically, if a project ain’t on the TIP, it ain’t gonna get built.
This is where you as a cyclist and part of the public come in.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT AND PUBLIC MEETINGS
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is seeking input from the public on the following important draft documents that will advance investments in the region’s transportation system:
- Draft 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which identifies the priority highway and transit improvements programmed for advancement over the next four years
- Environmental Justice Benefits and Burdens Assessment of Draft 2013-2016 TIP
- Air Quality Conformity Determination for the Draft 2013-2016 TIP
- Amendment to 2040 Transportation and Development Plan for Southwestern Pennsylvania (2040 Plan) to reflect project phasing and cost information included in Draft 2013-2016 TIP
Beginning Tuesday, May 15, 2012, these draft documents will be available for public review on the internet at www.spcregion.org, and at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, at the Pittsburgh Department of City Planning, at County Planning Departments, and at many public libraries in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
SPC’s Public Participation Panels encourage you to attend a public meeting to learn more about the draft documents. Meetings will be open house in format with an informational presentation approximately 30 minutes after starting time. There will be opportunities to look at maps, talk to representatives from SPC, PennDOT, transit operators, and planning departments, ask questions, and submit your comments.
Please note the time and location of your county meeting. Individuals wishing to offer testimony should sign in upon arrival.
- May 15, 6:00 p.m., Lawrence County Government Center, Commissioners Meeting Room, 430 Court Street, New Castle
- May 16, 6:00 p.m., Butler County Government Center, 1st Floor, Public Meeting Room, 124 West Diamond Street, Butler
- May 17, 6:00 p.m., Westmoreland County Courthouse, Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 2 North Main Street, Greensburg
- May 22, 6:00 p.m., Greene County, Waynesburg University, Third Floor, Stover Hall, Waynesburg
- May 24, 6:00 p.m., Allegheny County/City of Pittsburgh, Trust Arts Education Center, Peirce Room, 805 Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh
- May 30, 6:00 p.m., Armstrong County Commissioners Conference Room, 450 Market Street, Kittanning
- May 31, 5:00 p.m., Washington County, Room 104, Courthouse Square, 100 West Beau Street, Washington
- June 5, 5:00 p.m., Beaver County Courthouse, Commissioners Meeting Room, 810 Third Street, Beaver
- June 6, 6:00 p.m., CareerLink of Indiana County, Conference Room, 300 Indian Springs Road, Indiana
- June 7, 5:00 p.m., Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, 65 West Main Street, Uniontown
Verbal and written comments will be taken by SPC representatives at each of these meetings.
Written comments can also be submitted online at www.spcregion.org; by mail to SPC Comments, 425 Sixth Avenue, Suite 2500, Pittsburgh, PA 15219; by fax to 412-391-9160; or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All comments must be received by 4:00 p.m. Monday, June 18, 2012.
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