March 2007

Welcome to the March 2007 edition of the newsletter. This newsletter will keep you informed of updates to the website as well as other CSS-related news & information.

In This Issue:

CSS Takes Over TRB!

The recent TRB Annual Meeting in Washington DC attracted over 10,000 participants, an attendance record for the event. CSS workshops, paper presentations, and business meetings attracted a combined total of more than 650 attendees. Scott Bradley, Chair of the TRB joint committee Context Sensitive Design and Solutions Task Force recaps the event. Read More >>

Integration of CSS in Transportation Planning Process

The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) at the North Carolina State University conducted an FHWA-sponsored research project to determine best practices associated with integrating context sensitive solutions (CSS) into the transportation planning process. An annotated bibliography includes sections on current research initiatives, and applications and policies at national, state, and regional agencies. Deliverables also include an assessment of CSS as applied to planning, a tool-kit of fact sheets, Q&As, and case studies for both States and communities. A report summary includes findings and recommendations on ways to incorporate CSS into transportation planning based on research and case study evaluations. Check here for information coming soon. FHWA contact:

The Roadscape Guide: Tools to Preserve Scenic Road Corridors

As part of its new Community Planning Toolbox, the Vermont Forum on Sprawl has published The Roadscape Guide: Tools to Preserve Scenic Road Corridors. This new resource helps communities conserve areas of open space between cities and villages to permanently preserve viewsheds and scenic gateways along road corridors. Read More >>

Linking Conservation and Transportation Planning

Last year, FHWA, in partnership with NatureServe and Defenders of Wildlife, conducted three workshops entitled "Linking Conservation and Transportation Planning: Partnership in Action" to assist State DOTs, MPOs and State and Federal resource agencies to better coordinate and integrate transportation and conservation planning data and activities. Presentation materials and other resources are now available to help streamline the transportation and conservation planning processes. States are being asked to volunteer to host the 2007 workshops. If interested, contact Michael Culp: or 202-366-9229. Read More >>

STPP Releases "A Guide to Transportation Options in Your Community"

"From the Margins to the Mainstream: A Guide to Transportation Opportunities in Your Community" is a publication designed to help communities demystify some of the complexities of transportation laws, programs, and processes. The Guide can help take advantage of opportunities to make communities healthy, safe, and livable. Read More >>

Improving Pedestrian Safety at Unsignalized Crossings

This study recommends engineering treatments to improve safety for pedestrians crossing high-volume, high-speed roadways at unsignalized intersections, in particular those served by public transportation; and recommends modifications to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devises for Streets and Highways (MUTCD) pedestrian traffic signal warrant. Read More >>

Help Define CSS on Wikipedia

"Context Sensitive Solutions" has entered the lexicon at Wikipedia, the collaborative online encyclopedia. We invite you to edit and add to the article about CSS. Through Wikipedia, we can develop a standard, accessible definition of CSS to communicate both within the transportation community and to the broader public. Visit the CSS Wikipedia Entry >>

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