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Context Sensitive Solutions

Organizations & Training

This section provides links to organizations and training information related to context sensitive solutions. If you would like to suggest additional links to organizations or training on this topic, please submit a short description to AASHTO (including any pertinent links) on the Share Info with AASHTO form.

 

Organizations

Federal

  • ContextSensitiveSolutions.org Website. This site, supported by the Federal Highway Administration, provides extensive CSS information and resources for state and local transportation agencies and practitioners, as well as community stakeholders. The objective of the site is to promote communication, information-sharing, and participation by multiple stakeholders in transportation projects. This website contains links to numerous case studies of CSS projects, CSS in the news, flexible design, state profiles, CSS images, and a CSS research feature.
  • Federal Highway Administration Context Sensitive Solutions. This web site provides information on Context Sensitive efforts throughout the United States. The purpose of the website is to provide information about FHWA's involvement with CSS.
  • Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) National Dialog. The CSS National Dialog 2 builds upon the Federal HIghway Administration's efforts to promote an ongoing exchange of ideas, and to drive momentum for wider implementation of CSS in the transportation industry. From 2008-2010, the first CSS National Dialog collected over 90 exemplary case studies from across the country.  A similar approach is being taken for the 2012-2013 workshop series.

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State

  • Caltrans Division of Design, Context Sensitive Solutions Website. This site includes links to CSS policy, CSS implementation plan, agency directive on non-motorized travel, their highway design manual philosophy, a booklet on Main Streets: Flexibility in Design and Operations, Caltrans articles on CSS, district newsletters with CSS articles, and links to other CSS websites. 
  • Florida DOT State Environmental Management Office Website. FDOT’s Efficient Transportation Decision Making (ETDM) process changed the way the state does business. Florida revamped its procedures for planning transportation projects, conducting environmental reviews, and developing and permitting projects. Links are provided to materials on the ETDM process and other related environmental information. 
  • Idaho Transportation Department Context Sensitive Design Guide. (2006) 
  • Illinois Department of Transportation CSS Website. This is Illinois Department of Transportation’s main CSS site.  It discusses many different aspects of CSS and provides many links that include the basics of CSS, IDOT CSS vision, the purpose of CSS, resources, policies and guidelines, the latest CSS activities with IDOT, CSS project examples by district, training and contact information. 
  • Kentucky Transportation Center (see CSS information links)
  • Maryland State Highway Administration Context Sensitive Design/Thinking Beyond the Pavement Website. This website provides state definition of CSD, their implementation approach to CSD, and information on the 1998 Thinking Beyond the Pavement National Workshop. The site is the Maryland State Highway Administration’s site for its CSS resources.  
  • Maryland State Highway Administration Traveling Maryland’s Roundabouts Website. This site includes a history of roundabouts, how to use a roundabout, roundabout safety, roundabouts on the highway system, frequently asked roundabout questions and answers, and roundabout links. 
  • Michigan DOT CSS Website. Michigan Department of Transportation’s CSS homepage defines CSS and provides links to further information, CSS awareness training, and CSS training for MPOs. 
  • University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies: Context Sensitive Design: The Road Best Traveled Website. This website includes definitions of CSD, keys to success for CSD, CSD resources, workshop information and manuals, CSD for local government information and workshop, and visual impact assessment videos. 
  • New Jersey Department of Transportation Context Sensitive Design website. This website provides an introduction to the New Jersey CSD program. There is a link to a standard CSD project flowchart and a link to one project example, Route 35 Coopers Bridge over the Navesink River. 
  • New Jersey FIT:  Future in Transportation Website. The NJFIT initiative represents a change in direction for the New Jersey Department of Transportation. With NJFIT, NJDOT is integrating road building and community building. The agency is forming partnerships to coordinate development and redevelopment of towns and cities with transportation needs and investments. The site includes an extensive list of links, articles, and documents related to NJFIT, frequently asked questions, case studies, toolbox, and partnership opportunities. 
  • New Mexico Department of Transportation Context Sensitive Solutions Website. This website provides an introduction to New Mexico's CSS Division, links to its Value Engineering and Consultant Management units, and an online slide show offering an overview of the CSS and public involvement process. It also includes additional guidance on Best Management Practices and a Best Practices ToolBox. 
  • New York State Department of Transportation Context Sensitive Solutions Website. This website provides an introduction to New York's CSS program, including a list of key program points and their CSS awards program. It has a Tools and Resources page that lists many links to various CSS websites and examples from around the state and the country. There is also a gallery with "before" and "after" images from a number of CSS projects in New York. 
  • New York State DOT Engineering Division Office of Design Website. This site is the New York Department of Transportation’s Engineering Division Office of Design.  It has many links to documents and reports, and design services, including CSS.  
  • New York State DOT Roundabouts Website. This site serves to introduce and inform the public about the modern roundabout. A variety of topics are covered such as: what are roundabouts, how roundabouts differ from traffic circles and rotaries, how to properly use a roundabout, as well as the many benefits they provide. The site also provides information on the location of roundabouts throughout the state. 
  • Ohio DOT Design Aesthetics Website. In 2000 ODOT started to focus attention on improving the look of the state’s highway system. Since then the department has been working with community members and local stakeholders to learn about their concerns and plan projects with those concerns in mind. Additionally, ODOT has been incorporating aesthetic features by using simple, low-cost designs involving color, texture and pattern. Website includes links to news clips, Federal color on-line, public involvement, landscape guidelines, native plants, noxious weeds and district aesthetic contacts. 
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Context Sensitive Solutions Website. This website provides links to more than 40 project examples in Pennsylvania and discussions of various CSS tools. Overviews of Pennsylvania's CSS policy and project development process are included, along with other links to other agencies and resources. Other links include: community impact assessment, planning partners, community context audit, public involvement, flexibility in design, CSS tool kit, CSS library, CSS resources, featured projects, and training.
  • Tennessee Department of Transportation Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) Website. This website gives a brief summary of CSS. And a link to its statement of commitment to CSS.  It lists CSS projects around the state with links to summaries of the projects. There is also a page of terminology and a page devoted to development process definitions. 
  • Utah Department of Transportation Context Sensitive Solutions Website. This website provides an overview of Utah's CSS program. The site also includes additional information by linking to CSS In Depth and CSS Related Links
  • Washington State Department of Transportation Context Sensitive Solutions Website. This site provides an overview of Washington's CSS program. There are links to Washington projects, FHWA CSD websites, other states' websites on Context Sensitive Solutions, TRB website, and the Urban Land Institute. 
  • West Virginia Department of Transportation Division of Highway Design Directive. This is a five page document from the West Virginia Department of Transportation that explains the WV Division of Highways “Context Sensitive Solutions” Policy.  It gives guidance instruction on the West Virginia Division of Highway’s Context Sensitive Solutions Design Policy and its implementation within the various design units within the division. 
  • Wyoming DOT Context Sensitive Amenities. This site takes you to Wyoming DOT’s page, with several links and information on Wyoming’s CSS purpose and overview. On this site you need to type in context sensitive in the search feature on the site to access relevant information.

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Regional Planning Organizations

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Other Organizations and Associations

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Training

FHWA Training Guide

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Additional Training Material

Federal

  • CSS in the Western Federal Lands Highway Department.  Powerpoint covers CSS from the WFLHD perspective in this training from its 2006 Contractor Conference. It covers the definition of CSS, the keys to CSS, CSS in WFL, CSS in design, CSS and AASHTO, design exceptions, CSS techniques, and CSS in construction.
  • FHWA Competency Building Initiative. The Environmental Competency Building (ECB) program focuses on the current and future multidisciplinary professional development needs of transportation and environmental professionals. The ECB program is an ongoing effort and collaboration between transportation and environmental stakeholders with leadership from the Federal Highway Administration, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Center for Environmental Excellence, State Departments of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the private consulting industry.

State DOTs

  • New York State Department of Transportation Walkable Community Workshop. This is an 80-Page Power Point Document on CSS and Project Development created by NYSDOT.  This presentation illustrates the affects of CSS implementation on transportation projects in this state.  It also illustrates several examples of before and after pictures of specific project sites that are developed using CSS.  The presentation has shows several processes and examples of how context sensitive solutions can be integrated into project development. 
  • Michigan DOT CSS Awareness Training Material. This website takes you to the Michigan DOT website for CSS Awareness training materials.  The site will take you to the links with 14 sessions of CSS training materials. Each session is a different link with each link taking you directly to the materials.
  • Context Sensitive Solutions and Transportation Decision Making Summary. This power point presentation by Leigh B. Lane, Environmental Planning Consultant in Raleigh, N.C., provides information on CSS and Transportation Decision Making Process.  It documents the old and new way of decision making and provides pictures and illustration for the steps taken with CSS implementation in the decision making process.

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