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Developing and Advancing Effective Public Involvement and Environmental Justice Strategies for Rural and Small Communities.  This paper reports on research with 6 communities to identify effective, locally appropriate, replicable strategies that transportation planners, practitioners and other decision makers in rural areas and other smaller communities can use to garner public involvement in transportation planning and programming, and especially to engage environmental justice communities in working with transportation planners to co-create strategies that will mitigate or avoid prospective environmental justice issues.(Federal Highway Administration 2016).

Developing Public Participation Tools in Transit-Dependent Communities. This website discusses the tools created and used by the UCLA Department of Urban Planning and the Latino Urban Forum  to help communities more effectively engage transit riders in the transit station, system and network planning process, especially regarding the walking environment to and around transit stops/stations. The site allows you to view projects by type, such as downtowns, transportation, waterfronts, training, etc.

Facilitating Public Input into Transportation Plans: The Role for Mobility Management Practitioners.  The process of planning future transportation services takes into account input from several sources, including formal studies by transportation planners and engineers; input from advisory groups, stakeholders, and the general public; and community-wide needs assessments. This brief looks at types of transportation planning organizations, transportation plans, and public involvement processes, and then explores the role of mobility managers in facilitating the public’s input into the plans. (National Center for Mobility Management, 2015).

Federal Social Media Community of Practice. This resource identifies opportunities and challenges to improve government use of social data, and collectively address them for the shared benefit of all agencies. Supports the creation of online communities that provide opportunities for citizens to collaborate, participate, and engage with their government.

How to Engage Low-Literacy and Limited-English Proficiency Populations in Transportation Decision Making. This report documents “best practices” in identifying and engaging low-literacy and limited-English-proficiency populations in transportation decision making. (Federal Highway Administration, 2006).

Mobility Managers and Transportation Planners: Together, Facilitating Public Input into Transportation Plans. This webinar featured  FTA’s Office of Planning and local agencies discussion of the roles that FTA, FHWA, and MPOs play in transportation planning. The speakers present innovative examples for boosting public participation, and how mobility managers and transportation planners together can enhance public input into coordinated transportation planning as well as broader long- and short-term transportation planning. (National Center for Mobility Management, 2015).

Planning Friendly Meetings: Going Beyond the ADA to Make Your Meeting Place User-Friendly.  This Tip Sheet can assist anyone one who wants to be sure that older persons and persons with disabilities feel welcome and comfortable at their meetings. It is a good supplement to the many existing tip sheets on how to plan meetings and events that comply with ADA regulations. (Transit Planning 4 All, 2015).

Public Participation Strategies for Transit . This research paper documents the state-of-the-practice in terms of public participation strategies to inform and engage the public for transit-related activities. It also provides ideas and insights into practices and techniques that agencies have found to be most successful, and discusses challenges relating to engaging the public. (Transit Cooperative Research Program, Synthesis No. 89, 2011).

Strengthening Inclusive Transportation Partnerships to Promote Community Living.  This project was sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living and supported communities nationwide in adopting sustainable, scalable, and replicable models that included participation of people with disabilities and older adults in the design and implementation of responsive, coordinated transportation systems.

The Community Engagement Guide for Sustainable Communities.  A guide to the benefits of and guidelines for fostering the communityengagement that is necessary to build sustainable communities.(Sustainable Communities Living Initiative 2012).