Stakeholders may have primary or secondary roles in job access planning. It is important to identify their specific roles. Sharing this information with the group can help everyone understand why they are "at the table." Stakeholders need to learn why each group is at the table and what experience it brings to transportation challenges and services. Human service agencies, for example, need to learn how transportation services are provided, their cost, and their operating characteristics. Transportation service providers, in turn, need to understand the choices facing the target population as they move from welfare to work.
Focusing on the goals and objectives previously established by the committee can help focus the initial discussion. A knowledgeable facilitator might be helpful in launching the discussion.