About the TPI. The TPI provides funding and resources to Vermont’s Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs) to engage in regional transportation planning activities that will increase communication and coordination with municipalities, and enable VTrans to better target transportation investments to meet local and regional needs. The program began in 1993 with the following expectations for RPCs:
Develop a comprehensive transportation plans at the regional level
Provide transportation planning support and resources to towns
Develop a collaborative and cooperative transportation planning relationship between VTrans, municipalities and regions
Provide technical assistance to municipalities in transportation and related areas, such as stormwater, parking or traffic safety.
About the TAC. The success of the TPI is in part due to the connections that RPC staff has with their communities, and the communication that flows between the VTrans, RPC, municipalities and public. The TACs play a key role in informing RPC staff and ultimately VTrans about local issues that could erupt into conflicts; and asserting local and regional priorities for funding of projects. This TAC member survey is being conducted to check in with TAC members to gauge how well the TPI is meeting the program’s primary goals:
Bring public input into transportation decisions
Developing a regional transportation plan that can be used to plan and prioritize projects
Developing expertise at the RPC’s for transportation planning
Increase citizen knowledge and participation in transportation issues
Disseminating information to the community and public via RPC staff or TAC representatives
Reinforce coordination of local, regional and state agency plans
The survey will also be helpful in developing recommendations for “best practices” to ensure continuing productive TAC involvement and engagement. In addition, the information collected will be compared with TAC survey results collected in a 2002 survey of TACs to understand how the TPI and TAC has evolved. An online survey is available if preferred.