ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS AND PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IN HIGHWAY PLANNING

The conflicts that arise from environmental pollution are in an important sense problems of the distribution and redistribution of individual and social "well-being". In decisions on distribution the dimension of subjective judgement looms large. Therefore, in the assessment of highway construction plans, it is crucial that the subjective interests of local citizens must be represented. However, an evaluation made on this basis does not always result in the most socially optimum policy choice. This is particularly true when the project in question is of regional or national scope. To help meet the challenges of what socio-economists normally call "free ride", "free ride in reverse", and "exaggerated apprehension", those responsible for highway planning must concern themselves with a meaningful set of policy options, the establishment of new concepts of compensation, the question of land use impact, the surveying of local public opinion and the involvement of local government in the planning process.(a) /TRRL/

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 98-107
  • Serial:
    • IATSS Research
    • Volume: 2
    • Publisher: International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences
    • ISSN: 0386-1112

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00301906
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 19 1979 12:00AM