This article discusses TSM from a federal, local, and professional perspective. It is noted that the concept of TSM has been accepted at the local level, however, the federal government will have to accept the fact that TSM actions are longer-term and not necessarily a simple solution to a complex problem. Because so many TSM solutions are not highly visible, more citizen participation and public relations are needed. At the local level, the diversity of institutional arrangements and the essentialness of that diversity is stressed. It is noted that many communities that have a history of successful intergovernmental relations will be able to accommodate TSM with no difficulty. On the other hand, those that have had a history of tension and struggle for a variety of reasons may have a great difficulty in initiating TSM actions. If local planning is to be effective then traffic engineers and transit operators are going to have to move quickly into TSM planning. Community participation and the involvement of officials and the media is strongly recommended. For transportation officials, it is necessary that they remain aware of the pitfalls of big solutions that have not been well planned. Also, they should be aware of the changing moods of their constituenties and be prepared to face that change.

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    • From TRB Special Report No. 172, Transportation System Management, proceedings of a conference held November 7-10, 1976, conducted by the Transportation Research Board, and sponsored by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration and the Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. DOT in cooperation with the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
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  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM