AN ADVENTURE IN CREATIVE FEDERALISM: THE TRI-STATE-URBAN MASS TRANSPORTATION ADMINISTRATION STORY

Transportation planning activity of the Tri-State Regional Planning Commission, which is both the comprehensive and transportation planning agency for the metropolitan region surrounding New York City, is reviewed. The Tri-State region presents many transit problems requiring complicated and extensive coordination (caused by it's more than 600 incorporated areas). The delivery of technical studies funding through a single agency was welcomed but has proved to be a complicated task. The Commission undertook all or part of a particular study by providing staff and support to involved local governments. Difficulties encountered in administration were the question of priorities, and the difficulty of inserting a planning agency between eligible public agencies and federal grants. Procedures that give greater assurance of project success include techniques such as establishment of policy or steering committees that include representatives of the financing and working agencies as well as the planning and implementing agencies. The possession of substantial data supplies ensures that localities do not have to go to a consultant for information. Technical studies are evaluated according to the liklihood that they can lead to improvement of transit service. The cooperative effort is considered highly successful and extensions to the program are planned. The relation between transit planning and localities and land use planning is reviewed. An outline is presented of how a closer wearing of these concepts may be effectd. Such a plan may be a means for increasing participation by local officials and also a means for implementing and coordinating region-wide plans.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 5-8
  • Monograph Title: Federal, state, and local roles in transit planning
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00262359
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Nov 12 1981 12:00AM