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Quote Icon The Florida DOT defines community values as: "a set of ideals, which are openly practiced or hidden, that are shared among individuals that identify themselves as a group. Community values are often expressed in written, oral, ritual or symbolic... more
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
from Community Impact Assessment
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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.... more
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Quote Icon "Even after the decision has been made to functionally classify a highway section, there is still a degree of flexibility in the major controlling factor of design speed...It is [also] important to remember that there are no cookie cutter designs for... more
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
from Flexibility in Highway Design
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Quote Icon "For the highway professional, the payoff of partnering with the community is huge. Projects get done faster and, since everyone is working toward a common goal, its a lot more fun."
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Quote Icon "Generating ideas is one of the most important parts of CSD ... CS solutions must be developed by drawing on our citizens and agency colleagues to generate ideas for possible solutions and contribute to the solution."
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Quote Icon "A key concept expressed by staff from all [CSD] pilot states is to recognize the functional classification of the road or highway... [D]ifferent classes of facility serve distinctly different purposes on the highway network"
Transportation Research Board (TRB),
from NCHRP Report 480: A Guide to Best Practices for Achieving Context Sensitive Solutions,2002
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Quote Icon "In general, the public more easily accepts the lack of flexibility in motorway design because of the purpose of these roads mobility is gained at the expense of aesthetic treatment. Greater design flexibility was observed for urban and rural... more
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
from Design Flexibility
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Quote Icon "In the beginning of the interstate era, we built the greatest freeway system in the world; but aesthetics and preserving the environment werent part of that mission. Now we need another transformation. Were here to define a new vision, to change... more
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Quote Icon "Lately, people have been talking increasingly about loss of place. What theyre describing is the kind of place that has been special in their lives and has given them a strong sense of community."
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Quote Icon "Pedestrians and bicyclists dont need mobility. They need accessibility - roads that provide continuity, connections, and frequent destinations."
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Quote Icon Performance measures allow DOTs to judge how well they are accomplishing program missions through the delivery of products, services or processes. Measurement of CSS/D performance is new for most, if not all DOTs. Much of what [DOTs] are interested... more
Transportation Research Board (TRB),
from NCHRP Document 69: Performance Measures for Context Sensitive Solutions - A Guidebook for State DOTs,February 2004
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Quote Icon "Poor planning and policy have made it impractical in many cities to conduct even simple trips without dependency on cars. The trend toward larger and larger stores, parks, schools and even churches eliminates the possibility of short trips. Our... more
Dan Burden,
from Building Communities With Transportation
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Quote Icon "Poor planning and policy have made it impractical in many cities to conduct even simple trips without dependency on cars. The trend toward larger and larger stores, parks, schools and even churches eliminates the possibility of short trips. Our... more
Dan Burden,
from Building Communities With Transportation
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Quote Icon "Private cars use 30 times more road space to move each person than trams or buses."
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Quote Icon "Agencies are... generally less comfortable with attempts to measure the effects of alternatives on issues such as "quality of life" or "community cohesion." These are often viewed as intangible and therefore unmeasurable [sic]. However, they are... more
Transportation Research Board (TRB),
from NCHRP Report 480: A Guide to Best Practices for Achieving Context Sensitive Solutions,2002
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Quote Icon "All stakeholders need to be empowered to make decisions for their organizations. Make sure that you are assembling a group that can function as peers with each other. And begin with a team of individuals who have the right amount of authority and... more

from Building Projects that Build Communities: Recommended Best Practices
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Quote Icon "The new statute (23 USC 109 as stated on page 6) gives broader authority for design issues than has ever been presented to engineers before, taking into consideration environmental, scenic, aesthetic, historic, community and preservation impacts.... more
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Quote Icon "Weve got to train our staffs to understand the operational and safety effects of highways ... We also need training in the human relations aspects of our jobs."
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Quote Icon "When a road project is proposed, you should find out the roads current functional classification and whether it would be changed as part of a project... It is important to recognize that the classification of a street or road often involves a policy... more
Conservation Law Foundation,
from Take Back Your Streets: How to Protect Communities from Asphalt and Traffic
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Quote Icon WS DOT recommends "scheduling at least three meetings to create a vision and to organize your team effectively to carry out the project. If the project is a large one and involves a strong community vision, such as has been outlined in a master,... more

from Building Projects that Build Communities: Recommended Best Practices,2003
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