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Title: Planning for the Transportation Needs of Welfare Participants: Institutional Challenges to Collaborative Planning

Author(s): Blumenberg, Evelyn

Published: 2002 by Journal of Planning Education and Research, 22:2:152-163

Online Access: http://www.uctc.net/papers/543.pdf

Abstract: The responsibility for developing transportation programs for welfare participants spans multiple public agencies. Consequently, federal funding programs require that agencies work together to develop a coordinated response to address the transportation needs of welfare participants. Based on a survey of transportation, welfare, and employment agencies in nineteen California counties, this study examines the potential institutional obstacles to successful local collaboration and coordination among public agencies. The research shows that new sources of federal funds have encouraged interagency efforts to address the transportation needs of welfare participants. However, the divergent organizational goals, methods, and approaches of the participating agencies heavily influence these collaborative efforts. As a consequence, stakeholders may have difficulty moving beyond the narrow interests of their individual institutions to identify and plan for the transportation needs of welfare participants.

Category: Transportation Access and Equity      Transportation, Employment, and Poverty     

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