Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices. Topic SH-22. Inclusive Public Participation in Transit Decision Making

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Guidance and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 must be integrated into each transit agency's public participation plan that explicitly describes proactive strategies, procedures, and desired outcomes. Federal transit law, 49 U.S.C. §5307(c)(I), requires transit agencies receiving §5307 urbanized area formula funds to have a locally developed process to solicit and consider public comment before raising a fare or carrying out a major reduction of transportation. A major reduction in fixed route service must also include consideration of the impact on ADA complementary paratransit service. DOT ADA regulations at 49 CFR §37.137(c) require transit agencies to establish an ongoing mechanism for people with disabilities to participate in the continued development and assessment of paratransit service. In each case, local decisions determine which specific public participation measures are most appropriate and how, when, and how often specific activities should happen. This synthesis will document current, effective, ongoing public participation mechanisms resulting in and instilling participation from communities of color, LEP and low-income populations, and people with disabilities in transit decision making. The Synthesis will highlight practices that comply with ADA regulations as well as those that go beyond the ADA requirements. The synthesis should describe innovative approaches and challenges from both the transit agency and customer perspectives. Information To Be Gathered will include specific items as determined by the panel during the first panel meeting and might include ( among others) strategies used to partner with communities and organizations, methods for soliciting and collecting public comments, and measures for defining equity and successful public employment.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, SH-22

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

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

    Garcia-Colberg, Mariela

  • Performing Organizations:

    Michael Baker International

    310 New Pointe Drive
    Ridgeland, MS  United States  39157
  • Principal Investigators:

    Franklin, Aarion

  • Start Date: 20211202
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230615
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01772933
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, SH-22
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 25 2021 10:56PM