The Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council (ITCTC) is the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Ithaca, New York urbanized area, designated as a result of the 1990 Census. The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) and its corresponding regulations dramatically altered the public involvement requirements for the metropolitan transportation planning process. In response to the new requirements, the ITCTC implemented a community-based, strategic, comprehensive planning process to assist in accomplishing its first long-range comprehensive transportation plan under ISTEA. The process used seven citizen volunteer transportation task teams to identify and articulate a community vision for the future of the transportation system. During a 5-month period the ITCTC staff facilitated over 70 task team meetings. The process implemented by the ITCTC and the obstacles encountered in this community-based process are described. Several recommendations for future applications are included. The Ithaca Model is of interest for several reasons. First, ISTEA requires that MPOs undertake a "proactive public involvement process" as part of the metropolitan planning process. Second, ITCTC is a small MPO with extremely limited resources, thus demonstrating that a proactive public involvement process is within the capabilities of nearly every MPO. Third, there are significant direct and indirect benefits to be gained from a public involvement process of this scale. The experience of the ITCTC is valuable to any other agency considering the use of such a process.


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Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 56-61
  • Monograph Title: Transportation planning, management systems, public participation, and land use modeling
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  • Accession Number: 00714979
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 030906158X
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Dec 22 1995 12:00AM