The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) will host a series of public meetings beginning Monday, March 18, 2013, providing citizens in Jefferson, Orange and Hardin Counties the opportunity to learn about and comment on the Exempt Project Metropolitan Transportation Plan 2035 and revisions to the Exempt Project FY 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program. “This is an opportunity for the public to be directly involved in the process and have their voices heard as we make recommendations to address transportation-related issues that are affecting the southeast Texas region. Public input is an essential part of this process and we want to make sure the needs of our region are properly addressed,” says Bob Dickinson, Director of Transportation and Environmental Resources for SETRPC.

The 30-day public comment period is being held March 4 through April 2, 2013. The public is encouraged to attend a meeting or provide written comments by 5:00 PM, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Four public meetings will be held in Beaumont, Orange, Port Arthur, and Lumberton at the following locations:

Monday, March 18 – 2 p.m.

South East Texas Regional Planning Commission, 2210 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, TX 

Tuesday, March 19 – 4 p.m. 

Orange Public Library, 220 North 5th Street, Orange, TX 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 – 2:00 PM 

Port Arthur Public Library, 4615 9th Avenue, Port Arthur, TX 

Thursday, March 21, 2013 – 5:00 PM 

Lumberton City Hall, 836 North Main, Lumberton, TX 

These meetings are designed to solicit the public’s ideas and input on proposed transportation improvement projects planned for the southeast Texas area. All meetings are the same and are not restricted to a specific area. The public is strongly encouraged to be an active part of this process by selecting a meeting day and time that fits their schedule. For more information or for special needs requests (48 hours), please contact Bob Dickinson at (409) 899-8444 extension 7520 or

SETRPC is designated as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Jefferson-Orange-Hardin Regional Transportation Study (JOHRTS) area. SETRPC, in conjunction with the Texas Department of Transportation, local governments and other interested parties, facilitates the regional multi-modal transportation planning process.