Federal process requirements for community involvement in transportation planning have elicited many repsonses from state, regional, and local planning agencies. One of the most interesting responses has been in the Boston region, where an institutionalized regional participation approach has evolved over the past several years. This paper examines the current structure for citizen participation activities in Boston: (a) a Metropolitan Planning Organization formed as a joint body of six agencies; (b) a Joint Regional Transportation Committee, which serves as a citizens' advisory group to the MPO; and (c) the Central Transportation Planning Staff, a staff group under the policy direction of the MPO that is responsible for maintaining a coordinated, participatory process for system planning and program development in the Boston region. The paper highlights the special antecedents of these mechanisms, most notably the Boston Transportation Planning Review, which influenced participation procedures in the region. Finally, the paper discusses the strengths and weaknesses of this approach and identifies aspects that might be transferable to other locations. /Author/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 6-11
  • Monograph Title: Elements in the transportation planning and programming process in the public forum
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  • Accession Number: 00184701
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309026830
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1978 12:00AM