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UTP public involvement

General public participation and two-way communication is essential to a Unified Transportation Program (UTP) project’s success, as it helps create a more transparent and representative project decision-making process. While the UTP is not a final step prior to the start of project construction, members of the public do have multiple opportunities to engage with and provide comments to their local TxDOT districts during the pre-construction process. Since each project must be awarded funding to proceed, local community engagement and support increases the likelihood of a project receiving funding in the UTP.

Public involvement in TxDOT planning and the Unified Transportation Program (UTP)

As part of the UTP public involvement effort, TxDOT conducts a public meeting and a public hearing. The purpose of the public hearing is to receive public input on the development of the upcoming year’s UTP, including the project selection process related to the UTP. The public is able to join the meeting and hearing virtually through links below and by phone. After each event, the presentation and recordings are made available for viewing on this page.

The following describes the full range of TxDOT involvement opportunities available to the public. See the Strategic Public Engagement Guidance document for more information regarding public involvement.

In addition to individual project workshops and public meetings, TxDOT hosts a public meeting, public comment period and public hearing prior to presenting the UTP document for adoption by the Texas Transportation Commission.

The public can join the meeting and hearing virtually. Meeting and hearing presentations and recordings are made available for viewing on this page after the conclusion of each event.

The Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan’s (SLRTP) strategic goals guide UTP funding distribution and project selection, effectively making the SLRTP the initial chance for the public to provide input on the UTP.

Additional public involvement opportunities that directly impact the UTP include stakeholder workshops, TxDOT district office outreach initiatives, public meetings and hearings held during TxDOT planning for individual projects or transportation plans. A list of these public involvement events can be found on Hearings, Meetings and Notices Schedule.

See TxDOT Transportation Planning for additional non-UTP public involvement opportunities.

Draft UTP document

The draft UTP document is available for public review. Comments will be received according to the comment period shown below.

Public involvement events

Each event is open to the public, with attendees participating online and by phone. Recordings and presentations from the events are available for viewing after the event and on demand.

Date and Time Topic Recordings and Presentations
07/02/24
2 p.m. CDT
Virtual public meeting

Public Meeting Presentation

Public Meeting Recording

07/31/24
2 p.m. CDT
Virtual public hearing

Watch the Livestream HERE

For those who wish to comment during the virtual public hearing, please dial-in:

Discussion Call-in: 1-800-717-1738
Conference ID: Texas DOT Public Hearing

UTP public comments

The UTP seeks public comments on the funding distributions, highway project listings and the document as a whole. All comments received are reviewed for further consideration. The UTP public comment period dates and times are listed below.

Comment period (start date) Comment period (end date and time)
July 5, 2024 August 5, 2024 at 4 p.m. CDT

Please use the following resource links related to submitting UTP public comments:

Special accommodations

The public meeting and public hearing are conducted in English. Persons who have special communication or accommodation needs are encouraged to contact the TxDOT Transportation Planning and Programming Division by phone at (800) 687-8108. Requests should be made at least three working days prior to a public meeting and/or public hearing. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate these needs. Please be aware that advance notice is requested as some accommodations may require time for TxDOT to arrange.

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