June 2014 Newsletter

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“Livability and Level of Service: Making the Connection” Register Now

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The webinar will be held on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, at 2:30 PM EDT, and is brought to you by FHWA, in partnership with the Project for Public Spaces and Sevatec.

This webinar will make the connection between achieving livability and level of service as well as explore the emerging development of broad based performance metric approaches by states around the US. The roundtable format will feature brief presentations followed by a panel discussion with significant time devoted to audience questions.

The goal of this webinar is to provide state DOTs and other practitioners with examples of how to make the connection between achieving livability and level of service to meet a wide range of goals in 21st Century challenges.


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  

Register for the webinar here.

Featured Case Study: SH5 Corridor Study

The State Highway 5 Corridor Context Sensitive Transportation Study will formulate a corridor master plan that includes the “public realm” as well as the “private realm” in order to transform the entire length of the corridor, including the historic Town Center of McKinney, into a multi-modal thoroughfare that provides a strong economic basis for development while improving mobility and safety for all users.

Early on, there was a heavy focus placed on how the team would engage with anticipated stakeholders. Various outlets were utilized including traditional mailers, email blasts, citywide e-newsletters, dedicated web presence, visualization, news releases, and staff attendance at local events. The project team and stakeholders that first focused on character and context rather than cross-section designs and elements.

Read the entire case study here.

“Programs and Policies to Advance Livability” Webinar Recording Available

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This free webinar, sponsored by the FHWA Office of Human Environment, will help transportation practitioners better understand the potential benefits and challenges of programmatic and policy approaches for fostering livable communities.

Presenters discuss the evolution of Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) livability policies and associated implementation and the development of livability policies and initiatives in Sandpoint, Idaho, a small town in transition. The Sandpoint project included rerouting US Hwy 2 downtown, developing a local streets plan, and zoning and regulatory changes. MassDOT policies include their award-winning Project Development and Design Guide, the GreenDOT Policy Directive and the Healthy Transportation Directive.

Watch the webinar recording here.

News Item: Implementing California’s SB 743

The California Office of Planning and Research is hosting informational seminars on the possible effects of SB 743 on transportation analysis and CEQA practice, including the effect on the use of Automobile Level of Service LOS. Passed last year, SB 743 requires the Office of Planning and Research to come up with a new urban planning metric that accounts for all traffic, not just car drivers, when determining environmental impacts in contexts with robust transit. Proponents are enthusiastic about expanding on the car-centric measure. Critics worry that cities and counties may no longer have the means to require developers to improve streets.

Watch presentations from the seminars here: Part I, Part II, Q&A.

Watch the Tallahassee CSS National Dialog

The workshop in Tallahassee 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 Tallahassee Workshop/Webcast here.

Register Now for
the Boise CSS National Dialog

The next CSS National Dialogue workshop/webcast will be held in Boise, Idaho on Thursday, June 12th from 9:00AM - 1:00PM MDT.

Register now here.

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