Title

FTA'S SUBURBAN MOBILITY SEMINARS: THE EDUCATION PROCESS

Authors

F W. Ducca

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1992

Subject Area

operations - traffic, planning - education, policy - congestion, place - urban, place - low density

Keywords

U.S. Federal Transit Administration, Traffic congestion, Symposia, Suburbs, Mobility, Gridlock (Traffic), Grant aid, Education, Congresses, Conferences, Awareness

Abstract

The Federal Transit Administration's response to the suburban congestion problem is through the suburban mobility initiative which targeted local areas with 6 different types of assistance: short term planning grants; strategic planning grants; technical support; employer/developer demonstrations; organizational arrangements; and outreach. The latter included 40 seminars to discuss suburban traffic issues and lay the groundwork for implementation of the other elements of the program. After the initiative had been in operation for more than 2 years, the program was evaluated, the first being the seminar portion of the outreach program. The seminar had two objectives: raise awareness of the congestion problem and its magnitude; raise awareness of the FTA program. The evaluation of the success of the seminar in accomplishing these objectives is described. The seminars were found to have achieved their objectives. The article also notes five lessons for areas concerned with mobility issues.