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Here is a listing of research and published documents on public participation in transportation decision-making that FHWA and many other organizations have conducted and produced.

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Pub. No. FHWA-HEP-15-044 - Also available as Adobe PDF for printing. (819 KB) 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.

This is a reference that provides a wide variety of public involvement techniques to transportation agencies. It includes the 14 techniques originally published in Innovations in Public Involvement for Transportation Planning (1996). Additionally included are new techniques for working with community-based organizations, using electronic media and reaching out to ethnic, minority and low-income groups and people with disabilities. This publication is organized in four chapters with subsections grouping techniques thematically by function. Each chapter ends with a final subsection called "Taking Initial Steps."

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