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Public participation is an essential part of the development and implementation of a transportation project and is an ongoing aspect of the project planning process that encourages and solicits public input and provides the opportunity for the public to become fully informed about project development. Environmental practitioners use these tools (guidance, procedures and examples) to prepare for and execute public involvement-related tasks in compliance with federal and state regulations.

Title Date Description Format
Environmental Handbook for Public Involvement
03/14 Provides guidance on the TxDOT public involvement process and requirements of complying with federal and state public participation regulations.
Letter Template for Notice Affording an Opportunity for a Public Hearing 01/15 Provides an example of a notice affording the opportunity for a public hearing
Letter Template for Notice of Public Hearing 01/15 Provides an example of a notice for a public hearing
Letter Template for Notice of Public Meeting 01/15 Provides an example of a notice for a public meeting
Section 6002 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equality Act–A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU)   Provides details on incorporating information, analysis and products from transportation planning into National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents as codified at 23 CFR 450 Appendix A. This is regardless of when the notice of intent has been published. This also presents environmental review as a continuum of sequential study, refinement and expansion performed in transportation planning and during project development.
Executive Order 13166 "Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency"   Requires that persons with limited English proficiency be provided improved access to federally conducted programs and activities.
23 USC, Sec. 128: Public Hearings
  U.S. Code requirements for state departments of transportation to conduct a hearing when submitting plans for a federal-aid highway project involving the bypassing of or, going through any city, town, or village and when submitting plans for  proposed interstate highway projects
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 40 parts 1500 through 1508   Provides the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations, applicable to all federal agencies for implementing the procedural provision of the NEPA
40 CFR 1506.6   Codifies the CEQ requirements for federal agencies to conduct public involvement
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