The subject research seeks to provide insights into the special challenges faced by low income and minority communities when called upon to participate in the planning of transportation services and facilities intended to serve such communities. This study was prompted in part by the requirements of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 as expressed in the FHWA/FTA Joint Planning Regulations calling for a planning process designed to "seek out and consider the needs of those traditionally underserved by existing transportation systems, including but not limited to low-income and minority households". Underlying issues which promote or preclude the involvement of low-income and minority communities in both the agenda-setting and decision-making phases of transportation planning are identified through interviews with social activists and planners and through an analysis of sociology, anthropology, planning and environmental justice literature. Conclusions focus on building a dialogue between planners and activists, broadening the traditional role of the transportation planner, and fostering greater contact and trust between planners and communities. In the interest of testing these concepts in practice, a series of community outreach activities has been initiated by transportation and public health faculty and staff of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in a predominantly Hispanic community in the city of Holyoke the primary purpose of which is to encourage residents to organize themselves into a coherent group capable of articulating their community's transportation needs and concerns in the interest of becoming proactive participants in the region's transportation planning process.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Title on document: Effective Participation of Communities of Color in Transportation Planning
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Transportation Center, 130 Natural Resources Road
    Amherst, MA  United States  01003

    New England University Transportation Center

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 40-279
    Cambridge, MA  United States  01239

    Department of Transportation

    University Transportation Centers Program, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Kreda, J L
  • Publication Date: 1995-2


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 154 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00732038
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
  • Contract Numbers: DTRS95-G-0001
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 25 1997 12:00AM