Public Involvement Working Group

The AMPO Public Involvement Working Group supports public involvement in metropolitan transportation planning that meets federal requirements and strengthens the delivery and stewardship of programs, projects, and the transportation system.

Provide a forum for communications and sharing of public involvement best practices, guidance, and resources that support:

  • Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in meeting federal requirements related to public involvement.
  • MPOs in efficiently integrating public involvement into their programs, projects, and activities in a way that uses resources effectively.
  • Public involvement practices that build public trust and relationships, and gain participation from a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • The use a wide range of public involvement strategies, techniques, and methods to meet the diverse needs of MPO stakeholders, projects, programs, and activities.

Identify opportunities, challenges, needs, and emerging issues in public involvement.

Communicate and share best practices, guidance, resources, and activities with other AMPO committees and at AMPO events, as appropriate.

Leadership Group

  • Linda Alvarado-Vela, Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Melissa Roberts, Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Anthea Thomas, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Amanda Wilson, North Central Texas Council of Governments

AMPO Contact

2019 Meetings and Activities

  • Save the date: The next AMPO Public Involvement Working Group Meeting will be held on March 11 at 2pm EST

Please save the date for our next webinar: Monday, March 11 at 2pm eastern time. We will have two presenters from the Alamo Area MPO. Allison Blazosky will close out our series on communicating performance and Linda Vela will start our series on evaluation. Please see below for more information on our presenters and how to attend the webinar.

As the Alamo Area MPO’s Regional Transportation Planner, Allison is part of the team planning for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods in the Alamo Area. Her work focuses on air quality and freight planning, the congestion management process, and traffic safety information. Allison joined AAMPO in June 2013 and previously served as the Active Transportation Planner. She is an AICP-certified planner and board member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) San Antonio Region. She holds a Masters of Urban Planning from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Trinity University.

Linda Vela joined the Alamo Area MPO as its Planning & Public Involvement Program Manager in January 2016 after working 18 years in the private sector as a consultant in the areas of facilitation, community relations and public involvement. She leads a team of professionals to increase awareness of the MPO’s various planning initiatives, while supporting both short and long-term planning processes. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from the University of the Incarnate Word.

Allison Blazosky will speak to the challenges encountered in adopting local safety performance measure targets in a region committed to Vision Zero, the traffic safety approach that accepts no loss of life on our roads. This presentation will cover the MPO’s analysis of historical crash data, the process staff developed to facilitate informed discussions around safety target-setting, challenges encountered during the process, and next steps for enhancing roadway safety in the Alamo Area.

Linda Vela will discuss a key component of the public involvement process: evaluation. Evaluation ensures our public involvement goes beyond just checking a box, but is useful to the planning process, helps us measure success, and achieves desired outcomes. It should be helping us gather quality and relevant information, reach our stakeholders and community members, and make the best use of the tools in our public involvement tool box.

2018 Meetings and Activities

  • Quarterly Meeting/Webinar: December 10, 2018 at 2 PM EST

Dave Vautin PowerPoint

PIWG PowerPoint

  • Quarterly Meeting/Webinar: September 17, 2018 at 2 PM EST

PI Working Group – September 2018 Meeting Slides

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments Communicating Regional Performance Measures for Southeast Michigan

Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study Annual LRTP Report Card

  • Quarterly Meeting/Webinar: June 11, 2018 at 2pm EST

PI Working Group – June 2018 Meeting Slides

Houston-Galveston MPO – June 11 Coughlin Public Outreach Presentation

  • Quarterly Meeting/Webinar: March 12, 2018 at 2pm EST

PI Working Group – March 2018 Meeting Slides

Des Moines Area MPO – MPO Communications Plan

Des Moines Area MPO Experience – Communicating Performance Measures

2017 Meetings and Activities

  • Quarterly Meeting/Webinar: December 11, 2017 at 2pm EST

PI Working Group – December 2017 Meeting Slides

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Informational Handout

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Summary Handout

Memphis MPO Promotion, Information, & Engagement

Memphis MPO 2016 Annual Outreach Report

Memphis MPO Public Participation Plan Survey Questions

 2017 AMPO Annual Conference Public Involvement Working Group Meet and Greet

2017 Annual Conf Photos PIWG Meet & Greet

2017 Annual Conf Photos Public Involvement Sessions

  • Quarterly Meeting/Webinar:  September 11, 2017

PI Working Group – September 2017 Meeting Slides

CAMPO PI Working Group Webinar

Introduction to the Boston Region MPO

  • Webinar – June 12, 2017

6.2017 PIWG Meeting Summary

2017-06-12 AMPO PI Working Group Webinar Rockwell

  • AMPO Planning Tools and Training Symposium Public Involvement, Title VI, Environmental Justice, and Equity in Practice provided attendees with an overview of public involvement practices, including federal requirements, public participation plans, environmental justice & Title VI, and community engagement evaluations.  The session included presentations, interactive activities, and open discussions, with a focus on sharing practical examples of facilitation techniques, outreach methods, as well as an emphasis on connecting attendees with one another.

Title VI EJ and Equity

Regulations Exec Orders and Policies in Practice

Strategy and Messaging

PI Evaluation

  • Kick Off Meeting – April 17, 2017

4.2017 PIWG Meeting Summary

PI Working Group – April 2017 Meeting Slides