Public Involvement Techniques for Transportation Decisionmaking
For transporation departments, quality planning and project development require meaningful input from the public. Many members of the public are genuinely interested in what is happening in their community, but do not know how they can effectively provide input to influence the outcome of a transportation plan or project.
How does a transportation agency grab and hold the public’s interest in a project or plan and convince people that active involvement is worthwhile? How does an agency provide the means for the public to have direct and meaningful impacts on decisions? Public involvement is just one of the terms planners use for gathering information from the public. Other terms include public participation, public outreach, and public engagement. These terms are virtually interchangeable. They are all about ensuring that people have a voice in their transportation systems.
This guide provides a variety of tools to secure meaningful input from the public on transportation plans, programs, and projects—and it can help agencies improve their overall public involvement techniques.