In-person workshops (in October 2016), with members of LivableStreets Alliance in Boston, tested participants’ reactions to bus priority scenarios on certain corridors. Two different ways of showing project impacts were tested, travel time versus accessibility (to jobs). Findings suggest:
· Users considered the travel-time version easier to use.
· The accessibility version tended to induce broader discussions (e.g., regional-scale discussions such as housing affordability).
· Participants’ enthusiasm about potential bus priority improvements did not differ significantly between the accessibility and travel time versions of the tool.
· Group dialogue played a more important role in fostering enthusiasm for those using the accessibility version than the travel-time version.
· The accessibility version seemed more conducive to mitigating negative predispositions towards the transit projects.
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