Reappraising Metropolitan Transportation Needs

by Thomas F. Humphrey, Dir.; Bureau of Transp. Planning and Development, Massachusetts Dept. of Public Works, Boston, MA,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 2, Pg. 353-362

Document Type: Journal Paper


The purpose of this paper is to describe: (1) the process used to reappraise the transportation needs in Boston, Mass., and the results of that endeavor; (2) the new and revitalized comprehensive, cooperative, and continuing transportation planning process that has been established throughout Massachusetts as a means of bringing the transportation decision-making process closer to the citizens of the Commonwealth; and (3) the relationship of the new transportation planning process to the development of the Action Plan, a recent requirement of the Federal Highway Administration. The experience of the BTPR was utilized in establishing similar open and participatory planning processes throughout the state. This has resulted in a shift in emphasis from a centralized planning effort in Boston, to a locally based planning effort focusing on the 12 regional planning agencies that encompass nearly all the 351 communities in Massachusetts.

Subject Headings: Urban areas | Public transportation | Team building | Decision making | Federal government | Massachusetts | United States | Boston

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