This report demonstrates the numerous ways transportation agencies are increasingly going “above and beyond” to connect and enhance both communities and the environment to make things better than before, not because it is required, but because it is the right thing to do. The successful practices described in this report describe a few of the many ways transportation agencies are advancing toward sustainable transportation. These initiatives are helping transportation agencies bridge the gap and contribute to the environmental, social, and economic well-being of their communities.

Issues covered in the report include:

  • Context Sensitive Solutions
  • Historic Preservation
  • Recycling
  • Clean Air
  • Integrating Transportation and Land Use
  • Walking and Biking Trails
  • Wetlands and Water Quality
  • Wildlife Preservation
  • Sound Barriers
  • Scenic Byways, and
  • Wildflowers and Native Vegetation

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Planning and Designing Transportation to Fit the Community
  • Integrating Transportation and Land Use to Promote Sustainable Communities
  • Enhancing Our Quality of Life
  • Promoting Walking and Biking
  • On the Road to Cleaner Air
  • Water Quality and Wetlands – Successful Legacies
  • Preserving Wildlife and Ecosystems for Future Generations
  • Building Bridges to America’s Past
  • Recycling – Transportation Agencies “Go Green”
  • Beautifying America’s Roadsides
  • Sound Solutions Keep Down the Noise
  • Taking the Scenic Route to America’s Treasures
  • References
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