Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Benefits of Context Sensitive Solutions

The Transportation Research Board has released the important new report "Quantifying the Benefits of Context Sensitive Solutions."

Scenic America was an influential organization in establishing the CSS movement to have engineers and planners rethink design. By thinking beyond the pavement and an almost exclusive focus on design speed, CSS incorporates flexibility and greater stakeholder involvement in order to acheive designs that are in harmony with the aesthetic, community and natural environment.

Now that the movement has matured, research has been able to to confirm that utilizing CSS acheives better results and increased lasting value for communities. The TRB report presents helpful guidelines for agencies for quantifying the benefits of applying CSS to transportation projects and is helpful for community advocates.

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