A STUDY OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN HIGHWAY PLANNING AND DECISION MAKING

The purpose of this study is to survey the literature and present a synthesis and analysis of concepts and techniques applicable to public participation activities in the Texas Highway Department. Being involved and interacting with the people of Texas has always been a primary method used by the Texas Highway Department to determine the transportation desires and needs of the state. Having residency offices in almost every county enables Texas Highway Department personnel to achieve widespread and continued contact with large numbers of people. The district and Austin offices represent additional sources of contact. Every citizen of Texas has the right to appear before the Texas Highway Commission to make his views known at the highest level. In fact, delegations of interested citizens and officials are frequently the initiators of requests to the Commission for authorization of desired projects. In addition to these numerous interactions between the citizenry and the Texas Highway Department, the formalized public hearing procedures for years have served as official points of entry for public involvement in the highway decision making process. Structurally and operationally, responsibility for public participation activity is divided between the main office and the district offices. The new personnel and expanded responsibilities called for by recent federal requirements have created a need for information regarding how main office and district office responsibilities can best be fulfilled.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Research sponsored by the Texas Highway Department, Planning and Research Division, Austin, Texas, and in cooperation with FHWA.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  USA  76011
  • Authors:
    • Weiss, M E
  • Publication Date: 1974-8

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 209 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00097171
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TTI 148-5 Intrm Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 10 1975 12:00AM