The council shall establish a program to ensure participation by representatives of local government units and the coordination of the planning and development of transit by local government units. The council shall encourage the establishment of local transit planning and development boards by local governments for the purpose of:
(a) identifying service needs and objectives;
(b) preparing, or advising and assisting local units of government in preparing the transit study and service plan required by section 473.384;
(c) preparing or advising the council in the review of applications for assistance under section 473.384.
The council may provide local boards with whatever assistance it deems necessary and appropriate.