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+ Share Your Input on Our Draft Public Participation Plan Update

The GBNRTC has prepared for public review a draft of its updated Public Participation Plan. This draft Plan describes the GBNRTC’s procedures to actively involve the public and other stakeholders in its transportation planning.

The Public Participation Plan was last updated in 2011, and this new plan incorporates current practices and federal requirements. The Plan was developed by reviewing best practices, as well as by integrating stakeholder feedback gathered via interviews and an online survey.

We welcome your comments, as well as any clarifying questions you may have. These can be submitted via email at, posted in the comment section below, or via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

In order to receive full consideration, comments on this Plan should be submitted by May 19, 2017.

Download the Draft Public Participation Plan Update.

Hard copies of the Plan are also available Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm at: 438 Main St, Suite #503, Buffalo, New York 14202

+ Current Public Participation Plan

Public participation is a key component to the regional transportation planning process. The GBNRTC encourages public participation at all of its meetings and solicits input in all areas of transportation planning by providing a forum for plans and ideas as well as decisions about major capital investments.

The GBNRTC has a formal policy that guides the public participation process, which was approved in January 2007. The Public Involvement Plan (PIP) provides guidelines for public involvement activities to be conducted by the GBNRTC and contains the policies and procedures for actively engaging the public in the transportation planning process.

GBNRTC Public Participation Plan 2011 GBNRTC Public Participation Plan (Social Media Policy/Guidelines)

+ GBNRTC's Title VI Policy

The Greater Bufffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC) assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or gender, as provided in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and related statutes, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity for which GBNRTC receives Federal financial assistance.

Further, the GBNRTC incorporates the principles of environmental justice into its policies, planning, and project development activities. The fundamental principles of environmental justice are:

  • To avoid, minimize, or mitigate disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects, including social and economic effects, on minority populations and low-income populations.
  • To ensure the full and fair participation by all potentially affected communities in the transportation decision-making process.
  • To prevent the denial of, reduction in, or significant delay in the receipt of benefits by minority and low-income populations.