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dc.contributor.advisorShields, Patricia M.
dc.contributor.authorDouglas, Aida Berduo ( )
dc.identifier.citationDouglas, A. B. (2006). Exploring the barriers to community involvement in public transportation: The case of Capital Metro. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.

Public transportation is a necessary public service for thousands of people who are transit dependent. Expectation of a reliable transportation system is as normal as expecting running water and electricity every morning. Public involvement in transportation policy decision making is an essential mechanism to provide quality service to the transit dependent as well as to choice riders.

The purpose of this research study is to explore the perceived barriers to community involvement in public transportation from the perspective of the minority community in Austin, Texas which is served by the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The study develops two working hypotheses and sub-hypotheses from the literature to identify barriers to community involvement and alternatives to the barriers. Focus groups and surveys of current and potential Austin area minority community transit riders are the methodologies used in the study. Descriptive statistics of percentages and modes are used to describe the survey responses. The results indicate that the minority community is aware of barriers to involvement and is receptive to alternatives adopted to increase minority community involvement such as information sharing in multiple languages through churches, radio and television advertising.

dc.format.extent115 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.sourceAn Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Texas State University-San Marcos, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Spring 2006.
dc.subjectPublic transportationen_US
dc.subjectMinority involvementen_US
dc.subjectCommunity outreachen_US
dc.subjectCitizens participationen_US
dc.titleExploring the Barriers to Community Involvement in Public Transportation: The Case of Capital Metroen_US
txstate.documenttypeResearch Reporten_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPerez, Shivaun
dc.contributor.committeeMemberByrum, Roberta
txstate.departmentPolitical Science



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