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Public Participation and Urban Transport Planning in Developing Countries. The Case of the Amman Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
Public infrastructure developments are designed to improve the well-being of society. As they affect the public, the processes of planning and delivering large-scale infrastructure projects are now expected to enable public participation. Due to pressures by international and development bodies, expanding opportunities for public participation is now also being encouraged in developing countries - although, there is little research available on how to effectively implement such participatory strategies. This dissertation aims to fill in those gaps by developing a practical framework that evaluates the implementation of public participation strategies in developing countries. Specifically, the framework is used to assess the appropriateness of the strategy employed in the planning, appraisal, and delivery of the Amman Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Amman, Jordan. The research methods used consist of a wide review of relevant literature and current policies, coupled with the collection of empirical data. The latter is based on semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders who are directly involved in the projects, and an online questionnaire - which aimed to assess the public’s perceptions on the strategy implemented. Based on these methods, research concludes that the public participation strategy implemented for Amman BRT is rudimentary and fails to address the public’s concerns with regards to the project. This dissertation provides recommendations to strengthen public participation policies and practices in Jordan in order to improve trusting relationships between the public and governments allowing for the future delivery of further public transport projects in Jordan.

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