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CSS is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a transportation facility that fits its physical setting and preserves scenic, aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources, while maintaining safety and mobility. CSS is an approach that considers the total context within which a transportation improvement project will exist.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) uses Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) approach in all of its transportation projects. DDOT’s context sensitive approach extends from extended public involvement to preserving the historic character of the District, from avoiding adverse impacts on the natural parklands to enhancing multi-modal transportation options in every transportation project. DDOT has a long history of extended community involvement. DDOT’s public involvement process starts at the project-scoping stage and continues through completion of construction. For public involvement many resources such as print media, electronic media, community events, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC), and schools are used. In one of our recent projects DDOT hand-delivered more than 300 letters to area residents about the transportation project in their neighborhood. DDOT has successfully completed the CSS training for its key personnel by offering in house as well as trainings through Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

CSS Contacts:

Karina Ricks
Associate Director
karina.ricks@dc.gov

Faisal Hameed 
Manager, Project Development & Environment Branch
faisal.hameed@dc.gov

Jim Sebastian
Manager, Bicycle, Pedestrian & Travel Demand Management Branch
jim.sebastian@dc.gov

Transportation Policy & Planning Administration
District Department of Transportation
2000 14th Street, NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC  20009
 

DOT Website: www.ddot.dc.gov

CSS Website: www.ddot.dc.gov/csd  

DDOT CSS Brochure

 

Policies & Legislation:

District Department of Transportation Context Sensitive Solutions Guidance
District Department of Transportation Context Sensitive Design Guidelines 

Other Public Involvement Techniques:
DDOT has a long history of extended community involvement and DDOT's Context Sensitive Design will also ensure extended community involvement. DDOT's public involvement process starts public involvement from the project scoping stage and continues until the completion of construction of the project. For public involvement many resources such as print media, electronic media, community events, Area Neighborhood Councils (ANC), and schools are used. In one of our recent projects DDOT hand-delivered more than 300 letters to area residents about the transportation project in their neighborhood.
CSS Projects (in addition to those listed as Case Studies on this site):
CSS Training:
DDOT successfully completed the CSD training of its first group of 40 key personnel. This training was conducted by FHWA. The DDOT personnel who attended this training included design engineers, planners, community specialists, projects managers, and program managers. Currently DDOT is working with FHWA to train more personnel.
Last Modified: December 11, 2008

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