March 2014 Newsletter

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“Streets as Places II: Making it Happen!”
Webinar Recording Now Available

Streets as Places II: Making it Happen! focuses on streets as drivers of livability, innovative implementation strategies, and community and agency benefits of this approach. Streets as Places is a concept that seeks to rediscover the idea that streets can serve many purposes beyond mobility. Cities around the US are rapidly implementing public plaza programs, parking space to public space conversions, and other transformative strategies towards transportation infrastructure. Such rethinking of streets as outdoor rooms is having an impact on traffic flow, economic development, and livability. This webinar discusses the corresponding policies, reasoning, and ground-level impacts.

In Streets as Places II, you'll learn how CSS and Streets as Places reconnect transportation agencies with their customers and their mission, while creating great communities.

Watch the entire webinar and download slides here.

“Reshaping Rural Highways for Livability”
Webinar Recording Now Available

This webinar focusing on a regionally-scalled national demonstration project on US Route 50 in Virginia. The Rural Route 50 Traffic Calming Plan began in 1994 as a grassroots effort to protect a scenic and historic section of the Virginia Piedmont known as the Mosby Heritage Area, where it is the main street for several small towns. Traffic projections showed increasing demand for the 24-mile corridor located a mere 45 miles outside of Washington D.C., but an innovative public process and federal demonstration project funding ultimately produced a plan to manage and calm traffic rather than simply add capacity.

Today much of the plan has been implemented, including the Gilbert's Corner project in 2009, a system of four roundabouts to relieve congestion. Participants will learn about how the Route 50 plan was developed and implemented and will gain invaluable insights for DOTs and stakeholders seeking to achieve both mobility and livability in the rural areas.

Download slides here.

Call for Proposals: Advance Transportation Planning through Innovation and Research

The FHWA is now looking to “Advance Transportation Planning through Innovation and Research” through its Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). The objective of this BAA is to advance the practice and application of transportation planning among State, metropolitan, regional, local, and Tribal transportation planning governments in response to significant changes in the planning process and to identify new tools, techniques, and approaches that respond to national transportation planning priorities. The FHWA’s research program funds innovation such areas as planning capacity building, congestion management, safety planning, public involvement, environmental justice, visualization in planning, freight planning, planning and environmental linkages, and pedestrian and bicycle planning and design. Attached for your information is a copy of the BAA.

FHWA is seeking proposals for the topic areas included in the document. Applicants interested in applying should go to for more information. Solicitation number DTFH6114R00019 closes on April 23, 2014. All pre-proposals are due by April 23rd.

Find more information in the broad agency announcement here.

Featured Case Study:
Revive Cincinnati: Mill Creek Valley and I-75

The Cincinnati I-75 Corridor is a dynamic area with key transportation routes and infrastructure, major industry, and established neighborhoods that serve a population of over 855,000. Initiated by issues such as storm water management and aging infrastructure, the City of Cincinnati and the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC) are jointly conducting the Revive Cincinnati neighborhood study and subsequent steps for implementation.

The Revive Cincinnati project seeks to create beautiful, viable neighborhoods along the I-75 corridor that offer attractive places to live, work, and play through a public planning process. To achieve this vision, the City of Cincinnati and MSGCD studied opportunities for creating community value, neighborhood revitalization, and transportation improvements, in order to begin coordinating the reconstruction. The plan includes ecosystem restoration through planting trees, adding wetlands, and building raingardens throughout the corridor.

Read the case study here.

Watch the Santa Fe CSS National Dialog

The workshop in Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe Workshop/Webcast here.

Register Now for
the Tallahassee CSS National Dialog

The next CSS National Dialogue workshop/webcast will be held in Tallahassee, Florida on this Wednesday, March 19th from 1:00PM - 5:00PM EDT.

Register now here.

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