Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 40-05. Effective Public Involvement Using Limited Resources

Since the 1990s, the passage of successive legislation has placed an increasing emphasis on effectively engaging the public in all phases of transportation projects. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>The goal is to<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>effectively involve the public in transportation decision-making and to integrate their issues, values, and preferences concerning their transportation needs.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>This can be especially challenging for smaller projects for which limited resources are available for accomplishing public involvement.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>This study will document the experiences of state and local transportation agencies and other relevant industries in the application of cost-effective strategies and implementation techniques used to involve the public in the development of transportation plans and projects. The study would also document and assess the working definitions of both "effective" and "cost-effective," as applied by the agencies. Of particular interest are the programs and practices (such as the use of Web sites, advertising, and visualization techniques) that are reported as most effective, utilizing affordable techniques and limited staff time, as well as those techniques which proved to be less effective.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>This will include the use of Citizen Advisory Committees.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>The study would address strategies and techniques related not only to public meetings - the mainstay of agency efforts -- but to supplemental activities that aim to ensure effective public participation.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Where information exists, the synthesis will document lessons learned and identify relevant gaps.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span><o:p></o:p></font></font></span></p>


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC    20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis

    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  USA  20001
  • Start Date: 20081001
  • Source Data: RiP Project 18049

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464459
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:42PM