UNDERSTANDING THE COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION NEEDS OF ELECTED OFFICIALS FOR TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AND OPERATIONS

This white paper is to help the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Office of Planning, Environment and Realty and the Office of Operations understand how local elected officials (and senior appointed officials) perceive transportation planning and operations and the role they play in stimulating planning and operations. The objective is to enhance FHWA's communications capabilities and approaches with non-Federal elected officials. The focus of this paper is on non-Federal elected officials who play a decisionmaking role in surface transportation planning and operations. This includes officials who affect transportation planning and operations decisions of executive and legislative agencies at the State, regional, and local levels. From a modal perspective, the emphasis is on surface transportation planning, primarily highway and transit. Non-surface modes, such as air and sea, often involve a different set of players and are not addressed in this paper. The aim is enhanced communications, not lobbying. U.S. Department of Transportation employees are prohibited from lobbying at both the Federal and State levels. The basic approach taken in this paper is to identify the players, briefly characterize them, describe the environment in which they operate, and suggest some principles in designing FHWA outreach to local elected officials. The first section of this paper provides an introduction. The next section describes "who" is being addressed - the elected and senior appointed officials who affect transportation planning and operations decisionmaking - the players. After identifying the players, the third section describes the "environment" in which elected officials operate. This leads, in the fourth section, to a discussion of the "nature and type of information" needed to help elected officials understand transportation issues and opportunities. The final section suggests some "principles" for FHWA to consider as it enhances its dialogue with non-Federal elected officials. Supplementing the discussion in this white paper are several appendices that provide detailed information on elected/appointed officials, conduits for engagement and supplementary information, a glossary, and a listing of elected/appointed officials who provided quotes and/or review of this paper.

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    Science Applications International Corporation

    1710 SAIC Drive
    McLean, VA  United States  22102

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Planning, Environment and Realty, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Mason, J
  • Publication Date: 2005-1-5

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices;
  • Pagination: 32 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00989259
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 19 2005 12:00AM