ATTITUDES TOWARDS TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS AND PROPOSALS: THEIR NATURE AND EFFECTS

THIS RESEARCH ATTEMPTED TO DEVELOP GUIDELINES FOR HIGHWAY PLANNERS IN ASSESSING CITIZEN ATTITUDES IN ORDER TO PROMOTE ACCEPTANCE OF INNOVATIONS SUCH AS FREEWAYS. TWO SURVEYS WERE CONDUCTED. ONE INVOLVED AN UNSTRUCTURED SURVEY IN WHICH A NUMBER OF PERSONAL INTERVIEWS WERE CONDUCTED WITH CONCERNED URBAN, SUBURBAN, AND RURAL RESIDENTS. THE OTHER WAS A FORMAL QUESTIONNAIRE OF SPECIALLY PREPARED ITEMS, ADMINISTERED BY INTERVIEWERS TO TYPICAL RESIDENTS OF THE URBAN AND SUBURBAN SAN FRANCISCO AND LOS ANGELES AREAS. BECAUSE PEOPLE WHO ARE NEGATIVE CAN STYMIE PROGRAMS GENERALLY DEEMED WORTHWHILE, PARTICULAR ATTENTION WAS GIVEN TO THE ANTI-FREEWAY PERSON. THE DATA SHOW THAT THE ANTI-FREEWAY PERSON USED FREEWAYS RELATIVELY LITTLE, ESPECIALLY IF HE HAS NO COMPELLING NEED TO USE THEM FOR BUSINESS. HE THINKS THEY ARE DANGEROUS BECAUSE HE FEELS THAT CARS GO TOO FAST ON THEM AND THEY ARE CONGESTED. HE EARNESTLY RESISTS A FREEWAY NEAR HIS HOME AND HE RESENTS THE THE USURPING OF THE PARKS AND THE TREES. HOWEVER, HE IS NOT IRRATIONALLY ANTAGONISTIC; RATHER, HE HAS DISCERNIBLE REASONS FOR HIS OPPOSITION AND, BY HAVING THEM IDENTIFIED THE HIGHWAY PLANNER CAN DEAL MORE EFFECTIVELY WITH THE ANTI-FREEWAY INDIVIDUAL. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 4, No 1, PP 117-162
  • Authors:
    • Sleight, R B
  • Publication Date: 1970-1

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  • Accession Number: 00239944
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 13 1970 12:00AM