April 2012

April 2012 Update

In this update

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CSS Trails Webinar on April 17

On April 17, 2012, we will host a webinar on trail issues including policy, funding, accessibility, and streamlining methods to expedite project approval processes, to name a few. Registration for this free webinar is now become fully booked, but we will be posting a recording of the webinar on the CSS site in the near future. For an update on when the recording is available, please register as a member on the CSS website.

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CSS Champions Video

As part of the CSS Champions technical assistance project along Denver's Brighton Boulevard, the Project for Public Spaces produced a short video documenting the process, stakeholders, and potential CSS outcomes. Take a look here, or at the embedded video below.

CSS Citizen's Guide released

TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has recently released "Going the Distance Together: A Citizen's Guide to Context Sensitive Solutions for Better Transportation." The guide is designed to help people ask the right questions at the right time during the transportation planning process in order to help ensure that transportation projects fit the context of their community.

Topics addressed in the report include transportation and the quality of life; the foundation of context sensitive solutions; shaping transportation decisions; understanding professional responsibility and design flexibility in project design; and partnerships through collaboration.

The same project that developed NCHRP Web-Only Document 184 also produced a practitioner's guide to context sensitive solutions. That report will be published on the site in the near future.

CSS National Dialog 2 Update

The CSS National Dialog 2 is currently seeking submissions of best practices in the application of Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) principles to transportation projects, programs, and plans. The second National Dialog is looking for exemplary and innovative approaches that deliver context-driven outcomes by applying the CSS principles to the transportation decision-making process. Submissions are welcome from transportation agencies, planning agencies, communities and other organizations.

Submit online at:

The National Dialog 2 also recently held a webcast that formally launched the Dialog, as well as providing an update on federal transportation initiatives that are aligned with the principles of CSS. The webcast presented information on how you can participate in the upcoming series of workshops, which will again feature exemplary plans, projects, and programs that demonstrate the value of applying the principles of CSS.

You can view a recording of the webcast, and related material here.

Upcoming CSS Events

4/14/12 APA National Conference
4/17/12 Webinar: Implementing Trails in the Urban, Suburban, and Rural Context
4/23/12 Canadian Complete Streets Forum 2012
5/02/12 "Sustainable Transportation for the New Normal" – The 19th North Carolina Association of MPOs Conference
5/09/12 The 20th Congress for the New Urbanism
5/09/12 The 2012 Mobility Management Conference
5/23/12 TRB: Making Progress: Transportation Planners and Programmers Turn Ideas into Reality
4/01/12 Rediscover Main Street - 2012 National Main Streets Conference
4/14/12 APA National Conference
5/09/12 The 20th Congress for the New Urbanism
5/23/12 TRB: Making Progress: Transportation Planners and Programmers Turn Ideas into Reality
6/24/12 Urban Street Symposium

Next Up

  • CSS webinars
  • CSS Practitioner's Guide
  • CSS interviews with large infrastructure project practitioners is made possible by the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperation Research Program (STEP).

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