To clarify: The Census Bureau's initial contact regarding participation in the 2020
Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP) has been to those organizations that were the
primary participants in the 2010 PSAP, asking if they wanted to continue on as the primary
participant for 2020. This helps facilitate continuity from one decade to another. If the
2010 participant accepts the invitation for 2020, then other interested groups and
individuals are encouraged to work with and through the primary participant. If the 2010
participant declines for 2020, then we will be looking for another organization, within
the same geographic area, with whom to partner for the 2020 PSAP review and update block
groups, census tracts, census designated places, and (in selected states) census county
At this time, geographers in the Census Bureau's Regional Census Centers are compiling
the list of other groups that might be able to serve as a primary participant should the
2010 PSAP participant decline for 2020.
Asst. Division Chief, Geographic Standards, Criteria, Research, and Quality
U.S. Census Bureau
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From: ctpp-news <ctpp-news-bounces(a)chrispy.net> on behalf of Patricia Becker
Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2018 3:33 PM
Subject: Re: [CTPP] PSAP / TAZ Update from CTPP Oversight Board
I believe the SDC leads/state demographers are compiling these lists for their states. I
know they were asked to do so, and I had a conversation with Eric Guthrie here in Michigan
about PSAP in the SEMCOG region.
On Thu, May 24, 2018 at 1:07 PM, Tom Faella
Good afternoon CTPP news participants,
As a member of the CTPP Oversight Board, I’m sending you this update and invitation for
you to contact one of your regional Census Bureau regional geographers if you would like
to be invited to be a PSAP participant for your area:
PSA / TAZ Update (State DOTs, MPOs and RPCs)
In January the AASHTO CTPP Oversight Board implemented a policy change stating that Census
Traffic Analysis Zones (TAZs) would no longer be part of any future special data
tabulation data requests. Instead Census Block Groups would result in the smallest
geographic level at which the data would be requested. To help MPOs and states align
their planning zones with Census related geography those interested are strongly
encouraged to participate in the Census program that allows users to work on the design of
the small area geography in their area through the Participant Statistical Areas Program
The Census Bureau is currently compiling its list of PSAP participants. To get on the list
to be invited to be a participant, state DOTs and MPOs should contact their Census Bureau
regional geographer and let them know that you want to be invited to participate and get
on the invitation list. The effort, in most states is being led by the state’s Data
Center and their affiliates so it is important for MPOs and state DOTs make sure they are
included. To find out which Census Region you are in look here.
. At the end of this email is a list, by region of the
Census geographers to contact.
A copy and explanation of the Oversight Board TAZ policy can be found here.
In May a webinar was held for the transportation planning community explaining the policy
and introducing the PSAP program. The recording of the webinar can be seen here.
Executive Director, La Crosse Area Planning Committee (LAPC)
La Crosse County Administrative Center
212 6th Street North, Room 1200
La Crosse, WI 54601
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