Heads Up – RTP Comment Period Scheduled

Metro has indicated that the 30-day comment period on the Regional Transportation Plan update will begin on October 15. They have also announced the dates of a series of hearings:

Regional Transportation Plan seeks public review
Metro is preparing to release a draft of the updated federal component of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for a 30-day public review and comment period. The comment period will begin on October 15, and end on November 15, 2007.

The RTP is the long-range blueprint to guide major transportation investments in the Portland metropolitan region. The federal component of the RTP was prepared in response to changes to federal law and regulations contained in Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).

During the 30-day comment period, residents and businesses are encouraged to study the draft document and other information from the 2035 RTP project web page (www.metro-region.org/rtp), and provide feedback on the recommended direction of the RTP as reflected in the policy framework and goals, major transportation investments, and proposed strategies.

Comments may be submitted via a comment form on the project web page, by email to rtp@metro-region.org, or by US mail to RTP Comments, Metro Planning Department, 600 NE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97232. Hard copies of the draft plan will also be available from the Planning Department upon request

Four public open houses and hearings are scheduled to provide information, answer questions and offer an opportunity to submit testimony in person.

Oct 25
Clackamas County Chamber
Public Service Building
2051 Kaen Road
Oregon City 97045
Open house starts at 4; hearing starts at 5 pm

Nov 1
Metro Regional Center
600 NE Grand Avenue
Portland 97232
Open house starts at 1; hearing starts at 2 pm

Nov 8
Hillsboro Civic Center Auditorium
150 E. Main Street
Hillsboro 97123
Open house starts at 4; hearing starts at 5 pm

Nov 15
Metro Central Open house
600 NE Grand Avenue
Portland 97232
Open house starts at 1; hearing starts at 2 pm

The public comments will be compiled into a report and considered by the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) and the Metro Council before taking action on the updated federal component on December 13, 2007.

With approval of the updated federal component, Metro will begin work on the state component of the RTP to address state and regional goals. The state component will be integrated with the federal component to create a final 2035 RTP later in 2008. A second public comment period will precede consideration of the final RTP.

For technical questions about the transportation priorities process, programs or projects, call Kim Ellis, RTP project manager, 503-797-1617. For questions about public involvement, call Pat Emmerson, 503-797-1551.

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