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Accession Number PB2013-109366
Title LAFLA Public Transportation Public Participation Pilot Program.
Publication Date Dec 2012
Media Count 63p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract This report documents and presents the results of a pilot project conducted by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA). LAFLA identified that there is a perception among those living in and providing services to low-income communities that transportation planning processes have not been responsive to their needs as compared to more affluent areas. LAFLA proposed that one way to address this issue might be to look for ways to improve the level of education in low-income communities about how to effectively participate in transportation planning processes. To test this hypothesis, LAFLA developed a popular education curriculum focusing on the transportation planning process as it relates to low-income communities and organized four workshops in conjunction with local community groups representing low-income people in Los Angeles County. The workshops trained more than 80 participants from 11 different organizations. LAFLA used these workshops to develop and refine a transportation planning curriculum that can serve as a model for and be implemented in similar efforts across the nation. This curriculum focused on giving participants the tools and information necessary to effectively participate in transportation decision-making processes. Evaluation methodologies included using pre- and post-workshop surveys, three-month phone follow-up surveys, and observation during workshops. Overall, the workshops were successful in improving the ability of low-income communities to effectively communicate their needs to decision-makers.
Keywords California
Decision making
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles(LAFLA)
Legal aspects
Los Angeles(California)
Low income groups
Public transportation
Transportation planning
Transportation services

Source Agency Federal Transit Administration
NTIS Subject Category 91B - Transportation & Traffic Planning
43G - Transportation
85 - Transportation
92C - Social Concerns
Corporate Author Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC. Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1321
Contract Number FTA-TRI-30-2009-1

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