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Level of Service & Livability: Making the Connection

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, from 2:30 - 4:00 PM EDT

Livability and Level of Service: Making the Connection features a roundtable on the use of LOS and other performance metrics in achieving livability. The webinar highlights two State Departments of Transportation programs that are balancing livability and achieving LOS and the North American Sustainable Transportation Council STARS Program which helps planners, communities and decision-makers evaluate the impacts of transportation plans and projects, identify innovative strategies, and improve decision-making.

Featuring:

  • Keith Harrison, P.E., Safety/Geometric Design Engineer, FHWA Resource Center
  • Allen D. Biehler, Executive Director, University Transportation Center, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Peter Hurley, Program and Policy Director, The North American Sustainable Transportation Council
  • Paul Krekeler, GreenLITES Program Manager, NYSDOT

Click here to view the webinar recording and presentation slides.

Streets as Places II: Making it Happen!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014, from 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST

Streets as Places II: Making it Happen! focuses on streets as drivers of livability, innovative implementation strategies, and community and agency benefits of this approach. Streets as Places is a concept that seeks to rediscover the idea that streets can serve many purposes beyond mobility. Cities around the US are rapidly implementing public plaza programs, parking space to public space conversions, and other transformative strategies towards transportation infrastructure. Such rethinking of streets as outdoor rooms is having an impact on traffic flow, economic development, and livability. This webinar discusses the corresponding policies, reasoning, and ground-level impacts.

In Streets as Places II, you'll learn how CSS and Streets as Places reconnect transportation agencies with their customers and their mission, while creating great communities.

Featuring:

  • Jack Lettiere, Transportation Engineer, former Commissioner of New Jersey Department of Transportation and President of AASHTO
  • Victor Dover, Planner and Urban Designer, Principal, Dover, Kohl & Partners
  • Gary Toth, Director of Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public Spaces, moderator

Click here to view the webinar recording and presentation slides.

Reshaping Rural Highways for Livability

Thursday, February 20th, 2014, from 12:30 - 2:00 PM EST

This webinar focusing on a regionally-scalled national demonstration project on US Route 50 in Virginia. The Rural Route 50 Traffic Calming Plan began in 1994 as a grassroots effort to protect a scenic and historic section of the Virginia Piedmont known as the Mosby Heritage Area, where it is the main street for several small towns. Traffic projections showed increasing demand for the 24-mile corridor located a mere 45 miles outside of Washington D.C., but an innovative public process and federal demonstration project funding ultimately produced a plan to manage and calm traffic rather than simply add capacity.

Today much of the plan has been implemented, including the Gilbert's Corner project in 2009, a system of four roundabouts to relieve congestion. Participants will learn about how the Route 50 plan was developed and implemented and will gain invaluable insights for DOTs and stakeholders seeking to achieve both mobility and livability in the rural areas.

Featuring:

  • Susan Van Wagoner, Steering Committee Chair, Route 50 Corridor Coalition
  • Ian Lockwood, Professional Engineer (Livable Transportation), AECOM
  • Jan Vaughan, Northern Virginia District, VDOT
  • James Zeller, Northern Virginia District, VDOT

Click here to view slides from the webinar.

Adopting CSS: The Florida Greenbook

Wednesday, July 10, 2013  @ 2:30PM - 4:00PM EDT

This webinar explores Florida’s experience integrating design flexibility and context sensitivity from planning through final design. In May of 2011, the Florida Department of Transportation revised their Manual of Uniform Minimum Standards for Design, Construction and Maintenance for Streets and Highways, commonly referred to as the Florida Greenbook. The addition of Chapter 19: Traditional Neighborhood Development adopts a context sensitive approach to transportation and land use as standard practice, focusing on network functionality and design standards that support communities.

FDOT District One Secretary Billy Hattaway discusses Chapter 19 and explains how CSS is essential to diverse projects from maintenance to major construction, in settings both urban and rural. Florida’s experience provides clear direction for other states striving towards safety and livability outcomes in a 21st Century transportation system.

Featuring:

  • Billy Hattaway, District One Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation

Click here to view a recording of the webinar.
Click here to view slides from the webinar.

Rightsizing Streets

Tuesday, April 30, 2013  @ 2:30PM - 4:00PM EDT

This webinar explores how transportation agencies are rethinking their streets to better fit the surrounding context and create better communities. Rightsizing is an comprehensive process of reconfiguring streets and constrained ROWs by utilizing “outside the box” strategies like road diets and restriping techniques. Transportation officials from Seattle and Charlotte share their expertise and experience with rightsizing: the process undertaken, the challenges overcome, and the outcomes realized.  During this webinar, Project for Public Spaces introduces how you can use their popular Rightsizing Streets Guide as a resource to initiate rightsizing in your community.

Featuring:

  • Brian Dougherty, Senior Transportation Planner, Seattle Dept of Transportation
  • Dan Gallagher, AICP, Transportation Planning Manager, Charlotte Dept of Transportation
  • David Nelson, Transportation Associate, Project for Public Spaces
  • Rodney Vaughn, Environmental Program Specialist, FHWA, moderator

Click here to view a recording of the webinar.
Click here to view slides from the webinar.
Click here to view Seattle DOT's Complete Streets Checklist, mentioned during the webinar.

Streets as Places Second Installment

Tuesday, December 18, 2012, from 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET

This webinar focuses on contexts that create opportunities for streets that are not only good for mobility, but are also public spaces and destinations in their own right. Speakers present case studies that range from revitalized Main Streets, implemented street plazas and parklets, and flexible street designs that allow for festivals and celebrations. Across the country, communities are realizing the value of vibrant streets and districts that support local commerce and culture. This webinar focuses on how planning for streets as places—in the right context—can also improve traditional performance measures (safety, throughput and travel time) as well.

Featuring:

  • Gary Toth, Senior Director, Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public Spaces
  • Kate Rube, Senior Director, Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public Spaces
  • Shana Baker, Livability Team, Office of Human Environment, FHWA, moderator

Click here to view a recording of the webinar.
Click here to view slides from the webinar.

Innovative DOT

Wednesday, December 12, 2012, from 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET

ContextSensitiveSolutions.org is pleased to present a webinar on "The Innovative DOT," a handbook of policy and practice providing 31 recommendations senior state-level transportation officials can use as they position their agencies for success in the new economy. This free webinar is brought to you by FHWA, in partnership with the Project for Public Spaces, and INDUS Corporation.

With DOT budget shortfalls growing, traditional means of delivering transportation services no longer meet today’s needs, and they are incapable of launching tomorrow’s economy. Smart Growth America and the State Smart Transportation Initiative address this imperative with The Innovative DOT. Participants will learn the innovative approaches state leaders are using to make systems more efficient, government more effective, and constituents better satisfied.

Featuring:

  • Bill Holloway, Transportation Policy Analyst, State Smart Transportation Initiative
  • Roger Millar, PE, AICP, Vice President, Smart Growth America
  • Rod Vaughn, Environmental Program Specialist, FHWA, moderator

Click here to view a recording of the webinar.
Click here to view slides from the webinar.
Click here to view The Innovative DOT report.

Streets as Places

Wednesday, November 21, 2012, from 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET

ContextSensitiveSolutions.org is pleased to present a webinar on creating "Streets as Places," strategies for improving transportation and land use to create destination streets and quality public spaces. This free webinar is brought to you by FHWA, in partnership with the Project for Public Spaces, and INDUS Corporation.

This webinar focuses on contexts that create opportunities for streets that are not only good for mobility, but are also public spaces and destinations in their own right. Speakers present case studies that range from revitalized Main Streets, implemented street plazas and parklets, and flexible street designs that allow for festivals and celebrations. Across the country, communities are realizing the value of vibrant streets and districts that support local commerce and culture. This webinar focuses on how planning for streets as places—in the right context—can also improve traditional performance measures (safety, throughput and travel time) as well.

Featuring:

  • Gary Toth, Senior Director, Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public Spaces

For slides and a recording please refer to the Dec 18th, 2012 Streets as Places webinar.

Leveraging Regional Collaboration to Build Healthy Communities

Wednesday, October 30, 2012, from 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

ContextSensitiveSolutions.org is pleased to present a webinar on the integration of health-planning with case studies from the San Diego Region. This free webinar is brought to you by FHWA, in partnership with the Project for Public Spaces, and INDUS Corporation.

Participants will learn how state, county and local governments can partner with stakeholders to create policy’s for public health and to implement them in communities.

Featuring:

  • Shelley Saitowitz, Community Health Program Specialist, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA)
  • Stephan Vance, Senior Regional Planner, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)
  • Chris Schmidt, Chief of Public Transportation Branch, District 11, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

Webinar: CSS and Tools for Visualization

June 11, 2012, 2:00 - 3:30PM ET

ContextSensitiveSolutions.org is pleased to host a webinar presenting tools for visualization, and how they can be implemented as a part of CSS projects. The presenters will discuss how visualization can be used during community outreach, and to expedite the project approval process, among other things.

The webinar will include examples of work in different contexts, case studies of best practices, and significant opportunities for Q+A with the presenters.

Presenters:

  • Ben Williams, Resource Center Planning Team, Federal Highway Administration
  • Egan Smith, Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty, Federal Highway Administration
  • Keith Moore, Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty, Federal Highway Administration

Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

Implementing Trails in the Urban, Suburban, and Rural Context

When: April 17, 2012 2:00 - 3:30PM ET

ContextSensitiveSolutions.org is pleased to present a webinar addressing trail issues in a wide range of contexts, including policy, funding, accessibility, streamlining methods to expedite project approval processes, and additional resources.

This free webinar is brought to you by FHWA, in partnership with the Project for Public Spaces and INDUS Corporation. The webinar will be on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET.

The webinar will include best practices, case studies, and significant opportunities for Q+A with the presenters.

Presenters:

  • Christopher B. Douwes, Trails and Enhancements Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration
  • Tracy Hadden Loh, Research Manager, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
  • Robert Richards, Tennessee Greenways and Recreational Trails Coordinator, TN Depart of Environment & Conservation

Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

Click here to download the webinar presentation.

Americans with Disabilities Act and Context Sensitive Solutions

When: January 5, 2012, 1:30 - 3:00PM ET

ContextSensitiveSolutions.org is pleased to present a webinar on issues surrounding Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) in transportation. This free webinar is brought to you by FHWA, in partnership with the Project for Public Spaces and INDUS Corporation. The webinar will be on Thursday, January 5, 2012, from 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET.

During the past 18 months, FHWA has placed renewed emphasis on the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This webinar is targeted towards CSS practitioners, to present basic ADA requirements and provide examples of creative applications of the requirements in the field.

Presenters

  • Candace Groudine, Team Leader, FHWA Office of Civil Rights
  • Mary Finch, Civil Rights Program Manager, FHWA - Michigan Division
  • James A. Evensen, P.E., District Traffic Engineer, Wyoming DOT
  • Lisa MacPhee, Attorney, FHWA

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Click here to download the webinar presentation.

Safety, Mobility, and Roundabouts

When: September 21, 2011, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

ContextSensitiveSolutions.org is pleased to present a webinar on the safety and mobility benefits of roundabouts in transportation planning. This free webinar is brought to you by FHWA, in partnership with the Project for Public Spaces, and INDUS Corporation.

Presenters

  • Michael Wallwork, President, Alternate Street Design, P.A
  • Howard McCulloch, Roundabout Design Specialist, New York State Department of Transportation
  • Moderated by Keith Moore, FHWA

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Benefits and Implementation of Urban Forestry in Transportation

When: April 18, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

ContextSensitiveSolutions.org is pleased to present a webinar on the benefits of urban forestry in transportation. The aesthetic amenities of trees are widely appreciated - this webinar will cover the additional environmental, health, social, and safety benefits that urban forestry within the right-of-way can provide. The webinar will also discuss methods by which urban forestry can be enhanced in a wide range of contexts, including creating urban forestry planting and management systems. Presenters will discuss research, case studies, and projects they have worked on that support the findings listed above.

  • Pippa Brashear, Project Manager, Project for Public Spaces
  • Dr. Kathleen L. Wolf, Research Social Scientist with the College of the Environment, University of Washington
  • Philip Silva, co-founder and codirector of TreeKIT

Click here to view the webinar slides (PDF)

Additional Resources

CSS Principles and Effective Corridor Planning

When: March 21, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

This webinar will provide in-depth information in applying CSS principles to planning corridors that work well for all users. Best practices will be presented for corridor planning within urban, suburban, and rural contexts. Case studies of successful corridor planning within the MaineDOT and FHWA Gateway 1 Strategic Plan will also be presented. Corridors are among the most important transportation routes in any community. They provide access to key destinations, while providing infrastructure for multiple modes of transportation. This webinar will outline tools and techniques to plan corridors so they provide a high level of mobility, while contributing to the livability and sustainability of the surrounding community.

  • Gary Toth, Director, Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public Spaces
  • Kat Beaudoin, AICP, Land Use Planner

Click here to view the webinar slides (PDF)

Webinar on Integrating Sustainability and Climate Change Concerns and CSS Principles

When: February 22, 2011, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

This webinar covered some recent efforts at the federal, state, and local level to incorporate concerns about climate change and sustainability into transportation planning and project development. Presenters from FHWA will cover ongoing climate change mitigation and adaptation work, including pilots, workshops and peer exchanges designed to assist state DOTs and MPOs with this process. FHWA staff will also discuss the Sustainable Highways Self-Evaluation Tool, a new initiative to support transportation agencies in making highway projects more sustainable.

Who: Presenters during the webinar will include

  • Mike Culp, Team Leader, Sustainable Transport and Climate Change Team,
  • Diane Turchetta, Environmental Protection Specialist, Sustainable Transport and Climate Change Team,
  • Rob Kafalenos, Environmental Protection Specialist, Sustainable Transport and Climate Change Team

Click here to view the webinar slides (PDF)

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Additional Resources

June Webinar – ICF Manual on Livability

June 15th, 2:00-3:30 PM. ContextSensitiveSolutions.org presented a webinar on the soon to be released "Livability in Transportation Guidebook: Planning Approaches that Promote Livability" brought to you by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in partnership with ICF International, and Project for Public Spaces.

The ideas of livability and Context Sensitive Solutions have the potential to transform America's communities so that they not only have improved transportation systems, but are also sustainable, vibrant, and foster personal and social well-being.

This webinar, and the forthcoming guidebook that is written by ICF International, and sponsored by FHWA and FTA, are intended to help practitioners at the federal, state, and local level understand how to implement livable transportation solutions in a wide range of transportation projects, including projects that are guided by the CSS approach.

A recording of the webinar is available to view here.

Using CSS to Help Transportation Investments Foster Livability

May 18, 2:00-3:30 PM ET. ContextSensitiveSolutions.org presented a webinar on applying CSS to transportation investments in order to achieve livability sponspored by FHWA, in partnership with the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, Renaissance Planning Group, and Project for Public Spaces.

The ideas of livability and Context Sensitive Solutions have the potential to transform America’s communities so that they not only have improved transportation systems, but are also sustainable, vibrant, and foster personal and social well-being.

This webinar is intended to help practitioners at the federal, state, and local level understand which CSS principles to apply, and in which situations, in order to address obstacles to livability in America’s diverse urban, suburban, and rural landscapes.

Quantifying the Benefits of Context Sensitive Solutions, NCHRP Report 642

April 28, 2:30-4:00 PM ET. Nikiforos Stamatiadis, PhD, PE, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky will present a webinar on NCRHP Report 642: Quantifying the Benefits of Context Sensitive Solutions. This free webinar is sponsored by FHWA's Office of Planning, Environment and Realty’s Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program (STEP), in partnership with the University of Kentucky, and Project for Public Spaces. As more organizations apply the principles of Context Sensitive Solutions, evidence continues to grow that measurable benefits result from this broadly informed and flexible approach to all phases of transportation decision making.

This webinar presented guidelines for quantifying the benefits of CSS to transportation projects. The report will be of immediate interest to the staff of state and municipal agencies with responsibility for planning, programming, developing, and operating transportation projects of all types and sizes.

ITE Walkable Urban Thoroughfares Manual + Elgin, IL CSS Case Study

March 30, 2009. John Norquist, President and CEO of the Congress for New Urbanism, Brian Bochner, Senior Research Engineer at the Texas Transportation Institute, and Gary Toth, Director of Transportation Initiatives at the Project for Public Spaces presented ITE Walkable Urban Throroughfares Manual along with an Elgin, IL CSS Case Study. Sponsored by FHWA, in partnership with the above organizations, this webinar featured the restoration of a 19th century street grid system in Elgin, IL.

A recording of this Webinar is now available for viewing. The Urban Thoroughfares Manual is available on the Context Sensitive Solutions website: Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach: An ITE Recommended Practice

Livability Forum

September 24, 2009ContextSensitiveSolutions.org presented a Forum on Livability in partnership with the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The Forum on Livability was the first national-scale opportunity for dialogue with some of the key U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) leaders and staff engaged in the new transportation and livability initiatives of the Obama administration. Click here for more information.  A recording of this Webinar is now available for viewing.

Complete Streets and Context Sensitive Solutions

June 11, 2009 – Gabe Rousseau, Ph.D., Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager, FHWA Office of Natural and Human Environment, Barbara McCann, Executive Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition and principal of McCann Consulting, and Michael Ronkin, Owner, Designing Streets for Pedestrians and Bicyclists LLC provided an overview of FHWA's perspective on Complete Streets; including a discussion on the importance of pedestrian and bicycle issues, and what federal programs and policies are available to support communities in their Complete Streets efforts.

The webinar detailed the design and implementation strategies of Complete Streets and how they relate to Context Sensitive Solutions initiatives. The presenters also reviewed the accelerating adoption of complete streets policies and laws across the country.

A Guide to Building CSS Knowledge and Skills for Successful Project Delivery

May 14, 2009 – Leigh Lane and Lisa Murphy from The Louis Berger Group; and Keith Harrison, Safety/Geometric Design Engineer with the Federal Highway Administration Resource Center introduced the online "Guide to Building CSS Knowledge and Skills for Successful Project Delivery" (a.k.a. the Training Guide). A step-by-step, easy to navigate guide that can help anyone interested in developing and/or delivering CSS-related training to staff at varying levels.

Sustainable Stormwater Management Practices

April 16, 2009 – Wendi Goldsmith, President of the Bioengineering Group, Inc., and Clark Wilson, Urban Designer at the EPA Office of Smart Growth, discussed the importance of sustainable stormwater management practices, along with innovative strategies for natural onsite stormwater storage and treatment.

Sustainable stormwater management seeks to eliminate, where possible, the negative impacts of construction activities that disturb the natural hydrologic cycle resulting in elimination or reduction in the permeability of soils, increased "flashy" runoff and general water quality degradation.

Using Design Flexibility to Achieve Context Sensitive Solutions

September 29, 2008 – Led by Gary Toth, Senior Director of Transportation Initiatives at Project for Public Spaces and former Director of Project Planning and Development at New Jersey Department of Transportation, and Jeffrey Shaw, Safety and Design Engineer with the FHWA Resource Center, the presentation discusses the importance of flexible design in achieving context sensitive solutions and a variety of methods for finding the flexibility that exists in most roadway design manuals. These strategies include selecting appropriate design controls, such as design speed and design vehicle, and making careful choices about traffic projections and level of service targets. The webinar also covers tort liability and how design flexibility can allow for proactive roadway designs that fit into their context.



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