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From the Outside InSuburban Elites, Third-Sector Organizations, and the Reshaping of Philadelphia$
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Carolyn T. Adams

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451621

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451621.001.0001

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States Create Transportation Authorities to Cross Local Boundaries

States Create Transportation Authorities to Cross Local Boundaries

(p.24) Chapter 1 States Create Transportation Authorities to Cross Local Boundaries
From the Outside In

Carolyn T. Adams

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how intergovernmental authorities carry out their responsibility for transportation systems that link the city to the suburbs across municipal boundaries. It also considers why the suburban representatives who dominate these intergovernmental authorities are unlikely to use their power over transportation investments as a tool to alter land-use patterns in the city. More specifically, it discusses the working of metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and leading regional operators of transit services. The chapter focuses on the MPO operating within the greater Philadelphia region, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), along with two other regional authorities that dominate transportation planning and investment in greater Philadelphia: the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and the Delaware River Port Authority. It explains why these regional bodies are not the main actors advancing regional priorities to reshape central Philadelphia.

Keywords:   intergovernmental authorities, transportation, suburbs, investments, land-use patterns, metropolitan planning organizations, transit services, Philadelphia, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, transportation planning

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