TAC Member Survey

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.

 



* 1. Which RPC TAC are you involved with?

* 2. Do you have other involvement with your RPC?

* 3. Who do you represent on the TAC?

* 4. What is your role in your municipality or organization?

* 5. What is the population size of your community?

* 6. How long have you been a member of the TAC?

* 7. How often does your TAC meet?

* 8. How often do you attend?

* 9. In your opinion, is the TAC meeting frequency

* 10. How often do you engage with your RPC outside of TAC activities?

* 11. How often do you report back to your community about TAC activities?

* 12. For those who report back to your communities, please elaborate on who you report to (selectboard, municipal staff), and how this is done (by e-mail, at meetings)?

* 13. Do you agree with the following statement?  “During the time that I have served on the TAC, the TAC influenced decisions about transportation policy and/or projects.”

* 14. Are you satisfied with the amount of influence that the TAC has on the following areas? Choose 1 through 5, with 1 being Very unsatisfied (i.e. not enough influence) and 5 being Highly satisfied (i.e. the TAC has important influence). Select “n/a” if the TAC has not considered that topic.

  Very unsatified Unsatisfied Neutral Satisfied Highly satisfied N/A
State Policies
Regional Policies
VTrans Project Priorities
Project Design Decisions
Road / Highway Projects
Bridge Projects
Bicycle/Pedestrian/Streetscape
Public Transit Projects / Services
Freight Projects
Rail Projects
Aviation Projects
Travel Demand Management Initiatives
Park and Ride Projects

* 15. What are the most important benefits that participation on the TAC brings to your organization or municipality? Rank the following 1 through 5, with 1 being not important and 5 being very important. Choose “n/a” if the item does not pertain to you or your TAC.

  Not Important Slightly Important Moderately Important Important Very Important N/A
Knowledge of upcoming transportation projects
Information on funding opportunities
Access to Technical Assistance
Awareness of emerging issues
Technical assistance that pertains to your community
Input on project prioritization
Getting projects completed successfully
Advocacy for local projects and funding
Assistance on funding requests or applications for the town
Opportunity for conversation with knowledgeable people from State, RPC and other towns

* 16. What is your overall level of satisfaction with the TAC?

* 17. Please comment on your answer above.

* 18. Within the past 3 years:

* 19. Thank you for your participation in this survey! Please use the following to provide any additional comments or thoughts you want to share.

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