March 2013 Newsletter

March 2013 Update >>

Featured Policy:
Florida Greenbook Chapter 19: Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND)

In May of 2011, Florida Department of Transportation revised their Manual of Uniform Minimum Standards for Design, Construction and Maintenance for Streets and Highways. The document, commonly referred to as the Florida Greenbook, contains a wealth of innovative updates that address the needs and safety of all users. However, Chapter 19 stands out as especially groundbreaking. The Chapter entitled Traditional Neighborhood Development takes a context sensitive approach to transportation and land use. With a focus on network functionality and design standards supporting a livable community, this is a model for 21st Century transportation.

Read the entire document here.

Featured Website:
Rightsizing Streets Guide

The Rightsizing Streets Guide aims to help planners and community members update their streets to make them ‘right’ for their context. The centerpiece of the guide is a set of rightsizing case studies that highlight impressive outcomes using before and after data on mobility, crashes, and other parameters. These are just a few of the projects that have been built and many more are being planned all over the country. The glossary of common rightsizing techniques and the best practices guide to street selection criteria and before and after measurements can help facilitate similar changes in your community.

Access the entire guide here.

Featured Case Study:
Houghton, MI Streetscape and Brick Street Re-Installation

Michigan DOT took what would have been a basic resurfacing of US-41 in downtown Houghton, and ended up with a $4.6 million storefront-to-storefront revitalization where 2/3 of the funding came from local sources. The outcomes: traffic is flowing, underground utilities were replaced, 100 new jobs were created, interest in downtown living has led to private mixed-use development, and MDOT is on great terms with the citizens of Houghton.

Read the entire guide here.

Featured Video:
Interdisciplinary CSS Course Taught at University of Maryland

During the fall semester of 2012, The University of Maryland began teaching FHWA's groundbreaking course on Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS), titled Sustainable Context Sensitive Strategies for Land Use: Development, Design and Transportation . The course brought together students from multiple departments to learn a cooperative approach to solving contemporary transportation problems using CSS, including project planning, funding, implementation, and maintenance.

Watch the entire video and read more about the course here.

New Case Studies

Explore our entire database of over 350 case studies and projects here.

New Publications

Explore our entire database of over 800 publications here.

CSS National Dialog 2 in Raleigh and Sacramento

View a recording of the February 28, 2013 workshop in Raleigh, NC or download slides here.

Registrer for the upcoming April 23, 2013 Sacramento, CA workshop and the simultaneous webinar broadcast here.

Upcoming Events

CSS Webinar: Rightsizing Roads

Learn how transportation agencies are delivering facilities that fit their context by making informed decisions to reallocate constrained ROWs and limited resources.

Brian Dougherty, Traffic Management Division, Seattle Department of Transportation
Dan Gallagher, AICP, Transportation Planning Manager, Charlotte Department of Transportation

Date and Registration link to follow shortly.

View the full events calendar and upload your own events here. is made possible by the Federal Highway Administration's Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperation Research Program (STEP).

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