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Guidelines for Identification and Analysis of Social Factors in Transportation Planning

Description: The objective of this study was to develop criteria and procedures for the identification and measurement of social impacts in transportation planning and the process by which such analyses are integrated into the decision-making process. The guidelines developed from this study address several related but different parts of the total planning and design process. Two of the reports prepared as a part of this study are concerned with identifying and measuring social factors and conducting social and economic surveys to obtain necessary data. A third report is concerned with the development and implementation of community involvement programs. The assumption is made that an effective planning and design process must provide means by which the values and opinions of residents of affected communities and users of transportation facilities can be incorporated in technical studies and in the decision-making process.

Two additional reports contain guidelines for the operation of interdisciplinary teams and team scheduling and management. The systematic interdisciplinary approach undertaken in the State of Washington provides a means by which technical data, community values and opinions, and planning and design concepts and standards can all be evaluated by the team in reaching a recommended solution to a problem.


  • Date Published: June, 1976
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 25.6
  • Last Modified: July 29, 2007
  • Authors: Evan A. Iverson, Michael Scaringi, Brian Limotti, Robert Jacobson, Roger Parker, Don Morgan, Hollis Goff, Russell Albert, Bruce Davidson, Willa Mylroie.
  • Originator: Washington State Highway Commission.
  • # of Pages: 250 p., 4,999 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Community action programs, Decision making, Interdisciplinary studies, Social factors, Social impacts, Socioeconomic factors, Surveys, Transportation planning.
  • Keywords: Community involvement, social factors, socio-economic surveys, interdisciplinary team operation and management.
  • Related Publications: Social Factors in Transportation Planning - Executive Summary, (WA-RD 25.0).
    Guidelines for the Development and Implementation of Community Involvement Programs, (WA-RD 25.1).
    Guidelines for the Identification and Measurement of Social Factors in Transportation Planning, (WA-RD 25.2).
    Guidelines for Conduction Surveys Concerning Transportation, (WA-RD 25.3).
    Guidelines for the Operation of Interdisciplinary Teams, (WA-RD 25.4).
    Guidelines for Team Scheduling and Management, (WA-RD 25.5).

This abstract was last modified September 20, 2016