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Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS)


What is CSS?

"Context sensitive solutions (CSS) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a transportation facility that fits its physical setting and preserves scenic, aesthetic, historic and environmental resources, while maintaining safety and mobility. CSS is an approach that considers the total context within which a transportation improvement project will exist." -- Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) 

Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach

The ITE Recommended Practice, Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach, advances the successful use of context sensitive solutions (CSS) in the planning and design of major urban thoroughfares for walkable communities. It provides guidance and demonstrates for practitioners how CSS concepts and principles may be applied in roadway improvement projects that are consistent with their physical settings. The report's chapters are focused on applying the principles of CSS in transportation planning and in the design of roadway improvement projects in places where community objectives support walkable communities-compact development, mixed land uses and support for pedestrians and bicyclists, whether it already exists or is a goal for the future. 

This document was produced in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and in partnership with the Congress for the New Urbanism. 

Purpose of this Web site

The Web site has been developed to help practioners with tools and information that are easily available for download. Links below allow you to: download the pdf of the publication; link to the bookstore in order to purchase the publication; download the committee report summary; download and reproduce copies of fact sheets that explain the concepts of CSS; download and disseminate a press release with general information pertaining to the publication; download white papers; and download a PowerPoint with general principles of CSS explained. 

The following additional resources posted below are intended to supplement the ITE recommended practice Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach: An ITE Recommended Practice.

Federal Highway Administration

Environmental Protection Agency

Institute of Transportation Engineers

Congress for the New Urbanism

Office of Infrastructure
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20590

Office of Planning, Environment and
Realty
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20590

Office of Sustainable Communities
U.S. EPA
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Ariel Rios Building
Washington, DC 20460
Institute of Transportation Engineers
1627 Eye Street, NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006
Congress for the New Urbanism
140 S. Dearborn Street
Suite 404
Chicago, IL 60603

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