Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Problems. Topic SH-10. Effective Use of Citizen Advisory Committees for Transit Planning and Operations

Transportation literature includes case studies describing the application of a range of public outreach techniques in long-range transportation planning and project development processes. A common technique is the use of a citizen advisory commission (CAC). CACs (alternatively called citizen advisory boards or focus groups) can elevate the level of dialogue and interaction between transportation planners and project development personnel resulting in better informed and more complete public input on plans and projects. Much of the case study literature focuses on the substantive outcomes of such groups, with little discussion of the organization and internal function that provided the framework for their success and, in cases where the effort fell short, the reasons for difficulty are poorly described. Transit agencies working to bring their public outreach practices for planning and operations efforts into compliance with requirements, might find a synthesis of successful practices and other related outcomes related to CACs, a helpful guide. Using CACs that are well- structured and solidly supported can improve efficiency and effectiveness of the entire planning process. Therefore, transit agencies would benefit from a concise documentation of the use of CACs in transit project development efforts.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Vlasak, Donna

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Start Date: 20080626
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 18154

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  • Accession Number: 01462567
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:06PM