SUCCESSFUL CONSENSUS BUILDING FOR PUBLIC - POLITICAL - FINANCIAL SUPPORT: CASE STUDY OF THE HOUSTON METRO EXPERIENCE

UMTA encourages appropriate local and state financial support for urban mobility to reduce local dependence on scarce Federal transit resources. Successful consensus building is critical to the local and state funding of transit programs. In the fall of 1986, Houston's Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas, (METRO) was facing a growing disenchantment in the community and among Houston state legislators for its alleged arrogance, wasteful spending, growing bureaucracy, and inability to formulate a long-range plan to submit to the voters for approval. The purpose of this study was to document how METRO's local one percent sales tax funding base in the state legislature and earned local voter approval on a $2.6 billion long-range rail mobility plan.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Laird and Associates

    16119 Champion Drive
    Spring, TX  United States  77379
  • Authors:
    • Laird, N L
  • Publication Date: 1990-3

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 86 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00610950
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-TX-08-6003-90-1
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1991 12:00AM