The workshop briefly reviewed the different types of institutional barriers to the implementation of light-rail transit (LRT), and discussed issues raised by participants. The institutional barriers include those relating to the blurred definition of LRT, the issue of who makes the decision about LRT, and the complexities of the governmental process. Institutional barriers at the federal level are perceived to be of a bureaucratic nature. The overlap of programs of different agencies have also caused problems. Among the issues raised by participants was the question of how an urban area achieves consensus to ensure the implementation of capital improvements on a system-wide basis without a public referendum, the issue of support for non-highway projects by state departments of transportation, the subversion of the metropolitan planning process by state agencies and federal funding inequities, and the federal framework for the examination and evaluation of mass transportation facilties. Views were expressed on WMTA. A private industry spokesman expressed disappointment with UMTA'S lack of action in approving LRT systems, and a congressional aide explained congressional intent with regard to the Urban Mass Transportation Program. It was also pointed out that the weakness of the transit industry itself was a formidable barrier.

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    • Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. This paper appeared in TRB Special Report No. 182, Light-Rail Transit: Planning and Technology.
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  • Authors:
    • Mora, Jeffrey G
    • Bottoms, Glen D
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 168-169
  • Monograph Title: Light rail transit: planning and technology
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  • Subject Areas: Highways; Operations and Traffic Management; Planning and Forecasting; Public Transportation; Railroads;

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  • Accession Number: 00301325
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1981 12:00AM