June 2013 Newsletter

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Register Now for “Adopting CSS: The Florida Greenbook”

Wednesday, July 10th @ 2:30PM - 4:00PM EDT

This webinar will explore Florida’s experience integrating design flexibility and context sensitivity from planning through final design. In May of 2011, the Florida Department of Transportation revised their Manual of Uniform Minimum Standards for Design, Construction and Maintenance for Streets and Highways, commonly referred to as the Florida Greenbook. Chapter 19: Traditional Neighborhood Development adopts a context sensitive approach to transportation and land use as standard practice, focusing on network functionality and design standards that support communities.

FDOT District One Secretary Billy Hattaway will discuss Chapter 19 and explain how CSS is essential to diverse projects from maintenance to major construction, in settings both urban and rural. Florida’s experience provides clear direction for other states striving towards safety and livability outcomes in a 21st Century transportation system.

Register now here.

“Rightsizing Streets” Webinar Recording Now Available

A recording and the slides from April’s “Rightsizing Streets” webinar is now available.

This webinar explores how transportation agencies are rethinking their streets to better fit the surrounding context and create better communities. Rightsizing is a comprehensive process of reconfiguring streets and constrained ROWs by utilizing “outside the box” strategies like road diets and restriping techniques. Transportation officials from Seattle and Charlotte share their expertise and experience with rightsizing and discuss: their process, challenges they overcame, and the final outcomes they realized. During this webinar, Project for Public Spaces introduces how you can use their popular Rightsizing Streets Guide as a resource to initiate rightsizing in your community.

Watch the entire webinar and download slides here

Featured Report:
Context Sensitive Rock Slope Design Solutions

The objective of this report is to provide design, construction, and maintenance solutions for rock slope excavation, stabilization, and mitigation in context sensitive regions. It addresses state-of-the-art and state-of-practice technologies for the evaluation, design, and construction of context sensitive rock slopes.

Read the entire document here.

Featured Publication:
Follow The Money: Making a Strong Case for Investing in Trails

The ability to justify investment in trails, biking and walking to community leaders and lawmakers has become a critical part of trail building in these fiscally-challenging times.

Yet, the fiscal arguments for why State and the Federal governments should make biking and walking an economic priority are very strong. For this reason, RTC and the Partnership for Active Transportation put together a handy two-page fact sheet on the economic impact of trails to help advocates and Trail champions make their case in their local communities.

Read the entire publication here.

FHWA's Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter is intended to provide transportation professionals with real-world examples to help them improve the relationship between transportation agencies and communities, such as providing access to good jobs, affordable housing, quality schools, and safer roads.

The July edition will feature a preview of’s soon to be released Rural Livability resources.

Check out past editions and subscribe here.

Featured Case Study:
28th-31st Ave Connector Builds Bridges in Nashville

For several decades, Interstate 40 and a CSX railroad line separated North Nashville from West End and limited social and economic interaction between those communities. The recently completed 28th-31st Avenue Connector spans the railroad tracks to reconnect the two communities, answering a decades-old demand for such a project.

Read the entire case-study here.

Watch the Raleigh & Sacramento
National Dialogue Workshops

The workshops in Raleigh and Sacramento 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 Sacramento, California Workshop/Webcast here

Watch the video and view the slides from the Raleigh, North Carolina Workshop/Webcast here

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