BALTIMORE, MD (November 4, 2014) - Transportation affects everyone the second that we step outside of our front door to go somewhere each day. Some of us commute to work by vehicle, while others bike, walk or take public transit. No matter how we travel, everyone in the Baltimore region deserves a say regarding transportation planning.
The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), as the metropolitan planning organization for the region, seeks volunteers who are passionate about transportation planning to serve on its Public Advisory Committee (PAC). More than 10 3-year term positions are open. The deadline to apply is no later than Wednesday, November 19. All terms begin in January 2015.
"Volunteering for the PAC is vital to the regional transportation process. It provides perspectives from around the region and from different backgrounds so that we can better shape transportation planning," said Todd Lang, BRTB transportation planning director.
Applications for those who wish to apply to serve on the PAC are available to download in a PDF or through Microsoft Word. Applications must be returned by email, fax or mail (both documents contain the details.)
The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) staff supports the BRTB.
The PAC is a diverse group of residents, representatives of community organizations and industry professionals that provide essential independent advice regarding regional transportation planning and related issues. Members also assist in promoting equity and public awareness and public participation in the regional transportation planning process. Members are appointed by the BRTB to make sure that all geographic areas of the region and diverse points of view are equally represented.
The mission of the PAC is to:
- Serve as an advisory body to the BRTB.
- Provide independent, region-oriented advice on issues related to the development of the BRTB's long-range transportation plan, annual unified planning work program (UPWP), transportation improvement program (TIP) and amendments that affect conformity with federal air quality requirements, the public involvement process, regionally significant land use issues, and other regional transportation-related issues.
- Promote public awareness and participation in the regional transportation planning process. Promote equity in the regional transportation planning process.
PAC members attend meetings on the first Wednesday of every month, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council's office. All PAC meetings are free and open to the public. In addition, each PAC member is required to serve on a subcommittee. Commitment to the PAC is approximately 3-5 hours per month.
For more information, visit www.baltometro.org or contact Monica B. Haines Benkhedda, public involvement coordinator for the BRTB, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 410-732-0500, extension 1047.