BALTIMORE, MD (November 20, 2013)- The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) is accepting applications for several 3-year terms on the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) from residents in the Baltimore region that care about transportation and its effect on the community. Terms begin in January 2014; the deadline to apply is Monday, December 2.
Applications are available online by visiting www.baltometro.org.
The BRTB, which receives technical and staff support from the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, is the federally recognized metropolitan planning organization for transportation in the region. The Citizens Advisory Committee is a diverse group of residents, community organization representatives and industry professionals that promote public engagement and provide independent, advice regarding transportation planning and related issues in the Baltimore region.
CAC members are appointed by the BRTB to make sure that all geographic areas of the region and diverse points of view are equally represented. Volunteers from Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford, and Howard counties are particularly needed for the CAC.
Meetings of the CAC are generally held on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council's office, located at the Offices @ McHenry Row, 1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300, Baltimore, Md., 21230. In addition, the CAC has 3 standing subcommittees, which meet at various locations or by telephone/e-mail.
The total volunteer commitment is approximately 2-5 hours per month.
The CAC's mission is to serve as an advisory body to the BRTB and the development of the Transportation Improvement Program, annual budget and amendments that affect the region's conformity with federal air quality requirements, the public involvement process, the long-range plan, and other regional transportation-related issues, as appropriate. The group also promotes public awareness and participation in the regional transportation planning process.
Why serve on the CAC?
Transportation planning should reflect how it affects everyone in the region, beginning with you. This can only be done if you get involved, learn how transportation planning works and voice your opinion.
Volunteering to serve on the CAC is a great way to directly provide input to decision makers. Additional benefits include:
- Helping your community or your organization get their voice heard.
- Getting information and discussing important planning issues directly with staff and BRTB members.
- Sharing new ideas or providing input that can impact regional planning.
For more information, visit www.baltometro.org or contact Monica B. Haines Benkhedda, public involvement coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-732-0500 x1047.