Public input is an important part of the development of the RTP. The results of the first phase of public participation, which took place October 2008 through February 2009, are summarized below.
1. ThinkTank Stakeholder Sessions
As part of our initial public involvement phase, PAG held stakeholder "ThinkTank" sessions throughout December 2008 and January 2009 where participants provided input on values, needs and project ideas for the 2040 RTP. Over 265 participants took part in a ThinkTank session and PAG received over 7,000 comments. ThinkTank is a group decision-making software that allows participants to provide immediate and anonymous input using laptop computers.
Participants joined us for a two-hour session where they were asked to:
- Comment on PAG’s transportation vision and goals for the region
- Evaluate project ideas and transportation financing alternatives
- Provide input on specific project improvements for our region and state
ThinkTank Data Analysis
The data that was collected from the ThinkTank sessions were compiled and analyzed. This information is summarized in the following documents:
- Vision and Goals (300KB PDF)
- Policies and Solutions (145KB PDF)
- Financing Transportation (105KB PDF)
- Building a Quality Arizona (bqAZ) (7.8MB PDF)
- Projects and programs (161KB PDF)
2. Public Open Houses
In addition to the ThinkTank sessions, PAG held four Open Houses to solicit additional input into the long range plan. The Open Houses were held March 18 24, 2009 at the following locations.
- Joyner Green Valley Public, Green Valley
- Randolph Clubhouse at Reid Park, Central Tucson
- Foothills Mall, Northwest Tucson
- Desert Sky Middle School, East Tucson
At the Open Houses, PAG and jurisdiction staff were available to talk with the public, listen, and answer any questions that arose. There were many display boards showing various aspects of the plan. The individuals who attended the open houses were encouraged to fill out and submit aRTP Comment Form. Over 100 participants attended the open houses and PAG received 29 comment forms. The comments from the forms are summarized in the following document:
The input from the ThinkTank sessions and first round of open houses helped the task force develop the vision and goals, project list and implementation strategies.
3. Second Round of Open Houses
Toward the end of the planning process, PAG held a second round of open houses to share the 2040 RTP project lists and implementation strategies with the public and receive their feedback. The three open houses were held in March 2010 in the same locations above, expect for the East Tucson location which had poor attendance in 2009. The open houses gave the public an additional opportunity to learn how PAG plans for the region’s transportation future and to provide input on the 2040 RTP. Approximately 80 people attended the open houses.
For both rounds of open houses, a press release was sent to the media and to e-mail distribution lists to announce the open houses and the public comment period
4. For the final phase of public participation, a public notice was published to encourage public comment on the final draft, and a public hearing was held on July 1, 2010, at the PAG Regional Council meeting.