CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN RAPID TRANSIT PLANNING

This paper relates the experience of metropolitan Dade County, Florida, in implementing an extensive, bilingual citizen participation program for planning the county's proposed rapid transit system. The overall goals of the program are to ensure that local residents have the opportunity to contribute to the county's transit plans and that public understanding, acceptance, and support of the system are achieved. To accomplish these aims, 25 neighborhood forums and 7 district citizens panels were created and integrated into the county government's decision-making process. The formation of these groups was part of a totally open community involvement process in which any interested resident could take part in the formulation of transit plans for each of eight time-phased decision points. During a 12-month period over 14,000 residents participated through 470 public meetings and hearings. Some of he major results of the program were the resolution of major community transit issues, significant citizen modification to the design guidelines and criteria for the system, and the establishment of long-term citizen participation structure. The success of the program has confirmed the value and feasibility of citizen participation in proceeding with the final detailed design and construction of the system. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: pp 34-40
  • Monograph Title: Transportation issues: the disadvantaged, the elderly, and citizen involvement
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00163604
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309025974
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 13 1981 12:00AM