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Quote Icon "All projects with any possible impacts to the local community require a balanced and sensitive approach to planning, design, and construction. The WSDOT, the FHWA, tribes, local agencies, and/or other partners need to understand and implement... more

from Building Projects that Build Communities: Recommended Best Practices,2003
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Quote Icon "A main street can be the pride - or the bane - of a small towns existence. If it cuts a broad swathe through the community, with more regard for moving traffic than for the people who live, work, and play there, it not only hinders safety, but also... more
Project for Public Spaces (PPS),
from How Transportation and Community Partnerships are Shaping America: Part II: Streets and Roads
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Quote Icon Benefits of Applying CSD Principles:

  • Public acceptance, trust and support
  • Positive relationships with stakeholders
  • Partners rather than opponents
  • Timely decisions
  • Decisions that "stick"
  • Improved project delivery process
  • Getting needed... more
Scott Bradley,
from Context Sensitive Design/Solutions: "A Better Way"
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Quote Icon Bridges and overpasses can be positive and interesting features along a byway. The design should take into account the context of the landscape and reflect its historic, rural, or urban character. Choose materials and colors that complement the... more
USDA Forest Service,
from Scenic Byways: A Design Guide for Roadside Improvements
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Quote Icon The Florida DOT defines CIA as: "the process to evaluate the effects of a transportation action on communities and their quality of life - the human environment. Its focus is on the early and continuous gathering of information from the community and... more
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
from Community Impact Assessment,September 1999
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Quote Icon "Conferences, workshops, and retreats are special meetings to inform people and solicit input on specific policy issues, plans, or projects. In size and importance, they range from a subset of a larger meeting to a large multi-day event.
U.S. Department of Transportation,
from Public Involvement Techniques for Transportation Decision-Making,1996
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Quote Icon "Context-sensitive design is a mindset and an evolutionary idea for the future. For this to be successful within the next two years, weve got to now work toward AASHTO acceptance of the Flexibility in Highway Design publication. In order for... more
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Quote Icon "As we strive to improve the quality of transportation decision making by promoting strategies that establish a better link between transportation planning and environmental review processes at the systems planning level as well as the project level,... more
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
from Context Sensitive Design/Thinking Beyond the Pavement: Memo from FHWA Associate Administrator for Infrastructure,October 2002
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Quote Icon What CSD/CSS is not:

  • Compromising safety or standards
  • Creating winners and losers
  • Listening to the loudest voices
  • Doing what each stakeholder wants
  • Spending a lot more time and money
  • Tacking amenities on to projects during design to try and... more
Scott Bradley,
from Context Sensitive Design/Solutions: "A Better Way"
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Quote Icon Five measures of successful projects:

  • Community acceptance
  • Environmental compatibility
  • Engineering and technical functionality
  • Financial feasibility
  • Timely delivery
  • Scott Bradley,
    from Context Sensitive Design/Solutions: "A Better Way"
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Quote Icon Good design takes time...Bad design takes longer!
Scott Bradley,
from Context Sensitive Design/Solutions: "A Better Way",2003
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Quote Icon "If all were doing is addressing is shorter times for travel greater distances, then were not solving our long term mobility. Shorter trips and more access is the way to address mobility problems."
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Quote Icon "In increasing numbers, public agencies are beginning to reach out to communities in order to work collaboratively on programs for improvement. In other instances, it is the community that starts the process, inviting government participation. In... more
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Quote Icon "Measures in places like in Birmingham, Michigan, show reduced speeds of 10-15 mph when street trees are present on same width streets. Landscaping is now considered a primary component of traffic calming."
Dan Burden,
from Building Communities With Transportation
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Quote Icon "Media strategies inform customers about projects and programs through newspapers, radio, television and videos, billboards, posters and variable message signs, mass mailings of brochures or newsletters, and distribution of fliers. Working with the... more
U.S. Department of Transportation,
from Public Involvement Techniques for Transportation Decision-Making,1996
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Quote Icon "Performance Measures are important because they enable a transportation agency to "consider how well alternate transportation plan investments met the target goals and objectives set out for [a particular region]."
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Quote Icon "The adoption of transportation equity as a performance indicator institutionalized a more comprehensive technical approach and a more inclusive public involvement approach to decision making."
U.S. Department of Transportation,
from Transportation and Environmental Justice
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Quote Icon "Traffic engineers are always talking about enhancements in terms of trade-offs, but its not a trade off to add landscaping and curb extensions and make the street safer for pedestrians and drivers alike. Even if improving the road for all users... more
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Quote Icon "Visioning is used to create a statement of goals or to begin to develop a long range plan. Typically, it consists of a series of meetings focused on long-range issues. With a 20- or 30-year horizon, visioning also sets a strategy for achieving the... more
U.S. Department of Transportation,
from Public Involvement Techniques for Transportation Decision-Making,1996
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Quote Icon "No two projects are exactly alike, and public involvement tools and techniques should be tailored to reflect the particular character of each project - its group of stakeholders, its geographic location, the successes and failures of previous public... more
Transportation Research Board (TRB),
from NCHRP Report 480: A Guide to Best Practices for Achieving Context Sensitive Solutions,2002
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