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Quote Icon "As engineers, we can spend $150 million on a project and maybe 50 people will show up at the ribbon cutting. But we can do an enhancements project that improves Main Street and youll have the whole town turn out."
John Njord, January 13, 2004 Info Tab Icon
Quote Icon "As the public feels more empowered to provide input on transportation needs, engineers and planners must respond to a broad set of expectations. This can result in staff concerns about the line between policy and practice; between standards,... more
Steven B. Gayle Info Tab Icon
Quote Icon "A well-performed and documented design exception represents the best defense for an agency should a lawsuit occur as a result of a crash that occurred with the project at a later date."
Transportation Research Board (TRB),
from NCHRP Report 480: A Guide to Best Practices for Achieving Context Sensitive Solutions
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Quote Icon "Congress has established statutory requirements and public policy clearly demonstrating that safety, while a primary consideration in design, is not to be a paramount consideration; that safety...should be balanced with mobility, protection and... more
Transportation Research Board (TRB),
from Context-Sensitive Design: Will the Vision Overcome Liability Concerns?
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Quote Icon "Connectivity - between cities, communities, activity centers, urban regions, and neighborhoods - is what makes an area both accessible and mobile...Consideration of all modes is important in the concept of mobility"
Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE),
from Smart Growth - Transportation Guidelines: An ITE Proposed Recommended Practice
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Quote Icon "An alternative design approach that attempts to achieve greater consistency among design speeds, actual driving speeds, and posted speed limits is under development in the United States. The idea is to design roads to ensure that driver operating... more
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Quote Icon "CS solutions arent generic."
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Quote Icon "[Design speed is]...the maximum safe speed that can be maintained over a specified section of highway when conditions are so favorable that the design features of the highway govern."
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officals (AASHTO),
from A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets (Green Book)
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Quote Icon "During the Senate debate, Texas Senator Yarborough made the following comments: At long last, this bill begins to look at highway planning not only from a perspective of traffic, but from a human perspective as well. ...At last we are adopting a... more
Transportation Research Board (TRB),
from Context-Sensitive Design: Will the Vision Overcome Liability Concerns?
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Quote Icon "Engineers need the ability to explain their choices... and CSD and Flexibility provide them the tools to say: Were not blindly following generally accepted Green Book design criteria. We have considered those criteria and all these other factors. If... more
Jay Smith Info Tab Icon
Quote Icon "For various reasons, it is not always practical or desirable that a project meets each and every design criteria and standard... Before making such a decision, design alternatives and their associated ramifications are evaluated through a... more

from Design Exception Practices: A Synthesis of Highway Practice
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Quote Icon "I challenge you to help define a process which will lead to excellence, which produces a project that is carefully, imaginatively designed, serves traffic demand, provides safety for our customers, respects the natural and man-made environments, is... more
May 1998 Info Tab Icon
Quote Icon "Managing growth, reducing traffic, creating sustainable development, and making smart transportation investments; these are all challenges we face today. New Urbanism is a development strategy that addresses these issues and more by creating... more
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Quote Icon "Operating speed is the speed at which driver are observed operating their vehicles during free-flow conditions. The 85th percentile of the distribution of observed speeds is the most frequently used measure of the operating speed associated with a... more
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officals (AASHTO),
from A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets (Green Book)
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Quote Icon "Just as in planning, there are many decisions made during the scoping phase of project development, regardless of the level of detail being studied. Therefore, it is important that the various stakeholders in the project be identified and provided... more
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
from Flexibility in Highway Design
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Quote Icon "Providing people with more choices in housing, shopping, communities, and transportation is a key aim of smart growth. Communities are increasingly seeking these choices -- particularly a wider range of transportation options -- in an effort to... more
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Quote Icon "...Straighter wider roads encourage greater speed. Accidents that do happen are therefore more severe, resulting in more injuries or a greater likelihood of death. The most successful measures in reducing the road toll are those which force a level... more

from Traffic Calming: The Solution to Urban Traffic and a New Vision for Neighborhood Livability
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Quote Icon "The most important developments have occurred at the local level, and have yet to affect the rest of the nation. However, new approaches to transportation infrastructure, traffic, and the agencies themselves have been developing and may yield to... more
Conservation Law Foundation,
from Restoring the Rule of Law and Respect for Communities in Transportation
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Quote Icon "This Guide illustrates the flexibility already available to designers within adopted State standards. These standards, often based on the AASHTO Green Book, allow designers to tailor their designs to the particular situation encountered in each... more
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
from Flexibility in Highway Design
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Quote Icon "Reducing traffic noise, traffic speeds, and vehicle-generated air pollution can increase property values. One study found that a 5 to 10 mph reduction in traffic speeds increased adjacent residential property values by roughly 20%. Another study... more
1999 Info Tab Icon
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