Can Crowdsourcing Support Co-productive Transportation Planning in Megaregion? Evidence from Local Practice

Megaregion planning is an emerging concept in planning, reflecting the geographical convergence of regions in the United States, and the relationship of digital information as the primary commodity in a knowledge-based economy. Megaregional scale presents three challenges for planners: larger areas are more likely to have information gaps across the geography, they are more likely to be formatted and quality-controlled differently in different jurisdictions, and traditional face-to-face meetings are difficult to apply evenly across such a large area. Despite recent studies on potential structures of governance and other impacts related to planning, very little empirical work has been done to consider how public participation could function in a megaregional context. This study evaluates crowdsourcing as one potential perspective to support transportation planning at widely varying scales. Bicycle transportation planning in Austin, Texas, serves as case study material, focusing on the geographic breadth of public participation received at the local level using three categories of involvement: face-to-face meetings, online text-based methods, and an online crowdsourcing platform used by the city called Ride Report. Generally, crowdsourcing is on online, participatory approach that distributes a problem to communities for bottom-up input. Ride Report is a crowdsourcing platform that addresses similar challenge in bicycle planning as traditional methods—seeking to understand where the community is currently able to safely and comfortably bicycle, and where roadways present problems and barriers. This study evaluates evidence from a local bicycle transportation context to determine the challenges and opportunities for crowdsourcing in megaregional planning.

    Project

    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $ 53092
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747135

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

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

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      University Transportation Centers Program

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

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

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      University Transportation Centers Program

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Stearns, Amy

    • Performing Organizations:

      Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions

      University of Texas at Austin
      Austin, TX  United States  78712
    • Principal Investigators:

      Jiao, Junfeng

    • Start Date: 20170601
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180531
    • Actual Completion Date: 20180531
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01651002
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747135
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Nov 16 2017 10:52PM