Central Oklahomans are invited to comment on the proposed Public Participation Plan (PPP) for the Oklahoma City Area Regional Transportation Study (OCARTS) area. The OCARTS area includes all of Oklahoma and Cleveland Counties and portions of Canadian, Grady, Logan and McClain Counties.

The participation plan updates the methods, timelines and public involvement activities that will assist with the development of the future regional long-range transportation plan, the biennial preparation of Transportation Improvement Programs and ongoing public involvement and education activities and planning initiatives.

The objectives of the PPP are to promote open communication, provide complete information, timely public notice, full access to key decisions and early and continuing public involvement in the planning process.

The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG), which serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is responsible for developing long and short range transportation plans in coordination with area cities, towns, counties and local, state and federal transportation agencies.

Under federal regulations, the MPO is required to adopt a formal public participation plan that identifies methods of engaging the public and promotes opportunities for citizens to be involved with the transportation planning process.

The comment period on the proposed Public Participation Plan runs from August 15 to September 30. Copies of the PPP are available at Oklahoma County metropolitan libraries, by calling ACOG at 234-2264, or by download from ACOG’s website.

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