Public Information and Involvement Program: Chicago-St. Louis High Speed Rail Project

Public Communications Incorporated (PCI) has conducted research on high speed rail (HSR) projects proposed in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, as well as projects implemented in Europe and Asia. Their two objectives in conducting this research were to: (1) identify public issues related to HSR that either generated support or opposition to the projects; and (2) determine what, if any, public information and involvement programs were undertaken in conjunction with the various projects: what strategies and tactics were used, which were successful and which were not successful. A series of communications principles can be concluded from the research of the public issues that have surfaced during HSR projects. Because the socioeconomic and political systems of Europe and Asia are so different from our own, the most relevant conclusions are those based on the California, Florida, Texas, New York-to-Boston, and Canadian projects. The experiences of these HSR projects reveal the following: Public opinion is frequently a pivotal factor in determining the success of the HSR project; The public should be informed and involved as early in the project as possible; Public involvement activities must be sincere; Potential for public support is broad-based, coming from business, local government, environmental groups and private citizens; Strongest support for HSR often comes from business and environmental sectors; Opponents often have a not-in-my-back-yard attitude or a fear of paying for the HSR project with their taxes; Project sponsors must claim early "ownership" of key issues, presenting their arguments clearly and convincingly in areas such as business development, ridership and environmental impact; and Project sponsors must meticulously preserve their public opinion credibility throughout the implementation process.

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    Public Communications Incorporated (PCI)

    35 East Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL  United States  60601-2194

    Federal Railroad Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1992-9-18


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 44p

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  • Accession Number: 01666438
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 13 2018 1:24PM