Public Participation


Public participation is integral to good transportation planning. It improves the decision-making process whereby lasting contributions can be made to positively impact Rhode Island’s quality of life.  Essential to meaningful public participation are public engagement programs that can expand the approaches and communication methods necessary for engaging stakeholders.  The feedback gathered from these programs can then be utilized to develop transportation policies, programs and projects in the state.
The Rhode Island State Planning Council (SPC), the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC), and Division of Statewide Planning staff actively seek public input in the transportation planning process, particularly related to the following:

  • Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP): The LRTP is a 20-year horizon plan for all ground transportation modes including highways, bicycle paths, buses, ferries, trains, and pedestrian facilities in Rhode Island. The LRTP is also part of Rhode Island’s State Guide Plan.
  • State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP): STIP is a listing of transportation projects that Rhode Island plans to implement using federal and state funding resources.
  • Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP): The UPWP identifies the work proposed for the next one-year period.  The UPWP details the proposed work by: major activity/task, lead agencies to perform work, schedule to complete work and produce deliverables, and a summary of the proposed total amounts and sources of federal and matching funds.
  • Public Participation Plan (PPP): The PPP details how the public can participate in transportation planning activities and documents much of the transportation planning process so that members of the public can more effectively participate. (The Division of Planning maintains a mailing list for public hearing notices.  If you would like to be added to that list, please e-mail your mailing address to Catherine Pitassi)

Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency


To further the effectiveness of public engagement programs, public engagement strategies must also be established to eliminate barriers to active participation by all members of the community, including Limited English Proficient (LEP) populations. As the Division of Statewide Planning is the recipient of USDOT funding, it must take steps to ensure meaningful access to the information and services it provides.  These reasonable steps can be found in the 2018 Limited English Proficiency Plan.