Public Involvement Techniques for Transportation Decision-making
This report gives agencies access to a wide variety of tools to involve the public in developing specific plans, programs, or projects through their public involvement processes. Developing an effective public involvement program is a strategic effort that requires assembling a selection of techniques to meet the needs of a given transportation plan, program, or project. It is wise to pursue a systematic thought process based on fundamental guidelines and following a series of steps. The four guidelines are:
1. Acting in accord with basic democratic principles
2. Continuous contact between agency and non-agency people throughout transportation decision-making,
3. Use of a variety of public involvement techniques
4. Active outreach to the public
Using these goals and the additional guidance in this report can maximize the impacts of the public participation process.