Have thoughts, opinions or ideas on transportation issues or projects that should be considered in the Twin Cities metro area? If so the Metropolitan Council wants you.

The agency is accepting applications from citizens to serve on its Transportation Advisory Board and its Transportation Accessibility Advisory Committee (TAAC). Applications for both are due Jan. 16.

The Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) shapes regional and state transportation plans. It also solicits, reviews and recommends local transportation projects for federal funding. Four positions are open in districts that represent Anoka, Ramsey, Washington and Dakota counties, and the city of St. Paul.

The TAB meets the third Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. in the council's chambers in downtown St. Paul. Nine new members are needed.

TAAC member advise the council on matters regarding transportation services in the region, including Metro Mobility. The committee was formed by the Legislature and must include riders and advocates for older residents and those who are disabled. The committee meets the first Wednesday of each month.

Why should people get involved?

"They lend inclusiveness and transparency to Council decision making and help to ensure the region remains attractive, competitive, livable, and prosperous," Council Chair Susan Haigh said.

Applications for the TAB can be found here.

Applications for the TAAC positions can be found here.

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