TMACOG Transportation Planning Process Certified
On May 24, TMACOG received official notification that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) have jointly certified TMACOG’s planning process. The federal review team concluded that TMACOG, the area transit providers, and ODOT, have together made an exceptional effort to implement the requirements of the current transportation bill.
Every four years, the planning process for TMACOG is inspected by teams from FHWA and the FTA. These reviews ensure that federal transportation planning in the region is comprehensive, cooperative, and continuing, and that the public has ample opportunity to be involved in and comment on transportation plans as they are being developed.
TMACOG was specifically commended for showing statewide leadership in its efforts to promote freight planning including hosting the annual Ohio Conference on Freight, and for its commitment to the inclusion of the private sector in its committees and in the transportation planning process for the region.
The reviewers recommended that the next time TMACOG updates the public participation plan that the agency should identify ways to provide additional information and accommodation for people with Limited English Proficiency. This population includes people who speak another language as their primary language, as well as people who have limited skills in any language. While the current plan and procedures are certainly adequate, more can always be done to encourage wider public participation.