Defining Community Context in Transportation Project Planning and Development

This project collected and compiled tools and methods from many disciplines including public health, community development, environmental science, landscape architecture, historic preservation, urban design and architecture. Tools used by community members and neighborhood organizations were also included in order to benefit from as many perspectives as possible. The goal of this project was to provide practitioners with a wide range of tools that could help define and describe community context in a way that shapes transportation decisions so that projects are planned, developed, and delivered to be in harmony with community context.

The completed report may be found at

In addition to the report, the Community Context created a searchable database that allows you to find and select the "right" community context tool for your situation and purpose. The database includes an extensive array of tools, which have been categorized for convenient searching based on project/study type, project phase, geographic scale, tool purpose, context issue, and tool users. The output also provides a more detailed factsheet in a printable pdf format.

This project is part of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), a program that is sponsored by the state departments of transportation and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and administered by the Transportation Research Board (TRB). It was carried out by the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), a transportation research center based at North Carolina State University, partnered with the consulting firm The Louis Berger Group.

This research was developed and funded at the request of AASHTO's Standing Committee on the Environment (SCOE). SCOE is a resource to state highway and transportation departments for timely information, research, and best practices in air quality, cultural resources, environmental process, and natural systems and ecological communities.

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