Only A Slow Internet Connection And Reddit Can Interrupt You From Participating In Plan Bay Area’s Virtual Workshop

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For those who were put off by the incivility at recent public meetings in support of Plan Bay Area, residents can now participate and send comments to regional planners at their Virtual Workshop.

There’s less text than one would expect for a blueprint to help guide land use and transportation planning and policy for the next few decades, but there are easy to watch videos and handouts to read. Oh, and plenty of opportunities to comment by way of numerous surveys (or simply email your comments as well).

Remember, Plan Bay Area is a joint regional effort by these important agencies: Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC).

FYI. The Virtual Workshop is open until Wednesday, 15 February 2012.

Webinar: The Truth About Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)

BBD-New Tampa, Florida

As part of its new series of monthly educational seminars, the Transportation Equity Network is offering a free webinar on Thursday, 25 August 2011 (4-5PM EST) that covers the who, what, how, and why of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), including how federal legislation impacts them.

What are MPOs? MPOs are responsible for planning, programming and coordination of federal highway and transit investments ($$$) within metropolitan areas such as the San Francisco Bay Area (through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, or MTC).

Webinar Panelists:
-Katie Jansen Larson, Executive Director, Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU)
-Guillermo Mayer, Senior Staff Attorney, Public Advocates
-Robin Smith, Headquarters Liaison, FHWA Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty, US Department of Transportation
-Marc Brenman, Senior Policy Adviser, The City Project

Note: There are computer system requirements to attend the webinar: PC-based attendees require Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server, and Macintosh-based attendees require Mac OS X 10.5 or newer.

[photo via New Tampa & Wesley Chapel, Florida]