PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL TRAFFIC ENGINEERING: A CASE STUDY OF LOS ANGELES

THIS STUDY WAS CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL TRAFFIC ENGINEERING AND TO DETERMINE WHAT DIFFERENCES, IF ANY, EXIST BETWEEN CITIZENS WHO PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND THOSE WHO DO NOT. THE LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF TRAFFIC WAS SELECTED AS A REPRESENTATIVE AGENCY, AND ITS INTERACTION WITH CITIZENS IN LOS ANGELES WAS EXAMINED FOR THE FISCAL YEARS 1969-1970 AND 1970-1971. THE REQUESTS AND PETITIONS FOR TRAFFIC ENGINEERING SERVICES THAT THE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED FROM CITIZENS WERE INVESTIGATED TO DETERMINE THEIR GENERAL ORIGIN, AND THIS DISTRIBUTION WAS CORRELATED WITH CERTAIN CENSUS DATA TO OBTAIN A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS AND PARTICIPATION RATE. IN ADDITION, A HOME-INTERVIEW SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED AMONG CITIZENS WHO HAD REQUESTED TRAFFIC ENGINEERING SERVICES AND THEIR NEIGHBORS WHO HAD NOT. THE RESULTS OF THIS LOCAL SURVEY, TOGETHER WITH THE CITY-WIDE PATTERN OF CITIZEN PARTICIPATION, ARE ANALYZED IN THIS PAPER TO PROVIDE SOME POLICY IMPLICATIONS THAT MIGHT BE APPLIED TO TRAFFIC ENGINEERING AGENCIES AND OTHER LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL BODIES WHOSE PRIMARY OR SECONDARY FUNCTION IS TO PROVIDE "HOUSEKEEPING" SERVICES TO URBAN AREAS.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 12-21
  • Monograph Title: Citizen participation and social indicators
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00240345
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309022533
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Apr 20 1974 12:00AM