Transportation Planning and Public Participation

Transportation Planning and Public Participation

Theory, Process, and Practice

1st Edition - June 20, 2018

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  • Authors: Ted Grossardt, Keiron Bailey
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128129562
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128129579

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Transportation Planning and Public Participation: Theory, Process, and Practice explains why, and then how, transportation professionals can treat public participation as an opportunity to improve their projects and identify problems before they do real damage. Using fundamental principles based on extensive project-based research and insights drawn from multiple disciplines, the book helps readers re-think their expectations regarding the project process. It shows how public perspectives can be productively solicited, gathered, modeled, and integrated into the planning and design process, guides project designers on how to ask the proper questions and identify strategies, and demonstrates the tradeoffs of different techniques. Readers will find an analytic and evaluation framework - along with process design guidelines - that will help improve the usefulness and applicability of public input.

Key Features

  • Shows how to apply quantifiable metrics to the public participation process
  • Helps readers critically analyze and identify project properties that impact public participation process decisions
  • Provides in-depth examples that demonstrate how feedback, representation, and decision modeling can be integrated to achieve outcomes
  • Demonstrates basic principles using examples from a wide range of types and scales
  • Presents tactics on how to make public meetings more efficient and satisfying by integrating appropriate visualizations


Researchers and graduate students in Transportation and Urban Planning. Transportation and Urban Planning practitioners and consultants. Transportation and Urban policy makers and public involvement officials

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Theory
    1. Public Participation in Transportation Planning and Design
    2. Justice and the Arnstein Gap
    3. Participation Performance Frameworks

    Part II: Process
    4. Project Formation and Public Participation Process Considerations
    5. Gathering Information: Feedback Tools and Mechanics
    6. Dialog and Outcomes: Process Design With a Purpose

    Part III: Practice
    7 Advanced Multi-Criteria Applications
    8. Learning by Doing: Development of CAVE and SPI
    9. The Problem in ReView
    10. What Is To Be Done?

    Appendix: Resources
    Topical Guide to Projects and Research Papers
    Project Context Analysis Worksheet
    ORID Question Design Guide

Product details

  • No. of pages: 352
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: June 20, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128129562
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128129579

About the Authors

Ted Grossardt

Ted Grossardt is the founder and president of VoxPopuli. He currently consults on a range of public infrastructure planning and design projects and teaches graduate courses in transportation planning and public participation. He served as the Decision Support Systems Research Manager at the University of Kentucky’s Transportation Research Center for 15 years, where he and Dr. Bailey formed their foundational collaboration. He continues to deliver public participation workshops to engineers and planners throughout the US and Europe.

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Keiron Bailey

Keiron Bailey is an Associate Professor in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. He delivers national and international public engagement workshops, training classes, seminars and presentations, and he collaborates with governments, NGOs, and private industry on public involvement protocols. His work has been instrumental in numerous transportation and land use planning, transit-oriented development, and highway safety design projects.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Arizona, USA

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