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Context Sensitive Solutions

“Context sensitive solutions” (CSS) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a transportation facility that fits its physical setting. Learn more >

CSS Core Principles

  1. Strive towards a shared stakeholder vision to provide a basis for decisions.
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of contexts.
  3. Foster continuing communication and collaboration to achieve consensus.
  4. Exercise flexibility and creativity to shape effective transportation solutions, while preserving and enhancing community and natural environments.

Latest Case Studies & Resources

Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Indianapolis, IN

Leaders in the city of Indianapolis, Indiana, wanted to make it easier for people to visit the city’s cultural districts, which were disconnected from the heart of downtown and didn’t get the attention they merited.

Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Smart Transportation Guidebook

The goal of the landmark Guidebook is to integrate the planning and design of streets highways in a manner that fosters development of sustainable and livable communities.

Smart Transportation Guidebook

Traffic Calming Measures for Route 50 in Loudoun and Fauquier Counties

Loudoun and Fauquier Counties, VA

This project is a national demonstration project, funded under TEA-21 and VDOT’s (Virginia Department of Transportation) Virginia Transportation Development Plan.

Traffic Calming Measures for Route 50 in Loudoun and Fauquier Counties
Updated: 6/20/2017
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