August 2014 Newsletter

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“Livability & LOS: Making the Connection”
Webinar Recording Now Available

image credit: Andrew Dallos via flickr, CC

The webinar discusses the origin, evolution, and application of LOS and the need for practitioners to choose LOS goals that consider all road users, supports livable communities, and help achieve Context Sensitive Solutions. The roundtable format features brief presentations followed by a panel discussion with significant time devoted to audience questions.

The webinar highlights two State Departments of Transportation programs that are balancing livability and achieving LOS and the North American Sustainable Transportation Council STARS Program which helps planners, communities and decision-makers evaluate the impacts of transportation plans and projects, identify innovative strategies, and improve decision-making.


Keith Harrison, P.E., Safety/Geometric Design Engineer, FHWA Resource Center
Al Biehler, former PennDOT CEO and AASHTO President
Paul Krekeler, GreenLITES Program Manager, NYSDOT
Peter Hurley, Program and Policy Director, The North American Sustainable Transportation Council  

Watch the entire webinar and download slides here.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities
5-year Report

We are pleased to announce that the Partnership for Sustainable Communities Report, “Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments,” is now available! The report shows how the three agencies are changing their policies and removing barriers to help communities provide more housing choices, make transportation systems more efficient and reliable, and create vibrant neighborhoods while protecting the environment.

View the report here.

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities (PSC) has compiled the following list of tools to help communities assess, plan, and design sustainable communities. These tools cover a broad range of topics, including community design and planning, transportation and housing, and the environment. The list includes tools developed by the PSC partner agencies - the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - as well as other Federal agencies and nongovernmental organizations. For information purposes, it also includes several tools that are under development. The Partnership will evaluate and update the list periodically. Note that inclusion of nongovernmental tools on this list does not constitute an endorsement by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities or any of its individual agencies.

Learn more about the Partnership here.

Transportation Research Board
Landscape and Environmental Design
Committee Mid-Year Meeting

September 7-10, 2014 | Winston-Salem, NC

The three day meeting will include sessions topics ranging from creating sustainable transportation systems for safer, healthier communities; integrating Complete Street policies and street design guidelines into practice; implementing green infrastructure – successes and lessons learned; new methodologies for standardizing NEPA visual impact assessments; using public involvement in roadway aesthetic decision-making addressing transportation; funding decisions with data driven processes and more.

The Tuesday mobile workshop and tour will include notable projects in the western Piedmont of North Carolina including the Blue Ridge Parkway and Linn Cove Viaduct.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.
Register for the meeting and find out more here.

Watch the Boise CSS National Dialog

The workshop in Boise included an up-to-date overview of Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) plus presentations on exemplary CSS projects, plans and programs from the surrounding regions. The case studies were drawn from submissions from across the country, and were selected as examples of effective application of CSS principles to projects, plans, and programs.

Watch the video and view the slides from the Boise Workshop/Webcast here.

The CSS Conversation: Looking Ahead

During this webcast, FHWA staff, transportation stakeholders, and Context Sensitive Solutions experts reflect on what has been learned from the series of CSS National Dialog 2 workshops, and explore promising future opportunities based on trends in CSS practice and the direction of other related initiatives.

Watch the video and view the slides from the Final ND2 Workshop/Webcast here.

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