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Integrating Context Sensitive Solutions in Transportation Planning

Task 2.3: Develop Toolkit for Planners and the Public

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This portion of the project involved developing a set of materials suitable for distribution to planning practitioners and the public.  The materials are appropriate for publication on the FHWA Web site, and will also be printer-friendly so agencies, community groups, and individuals can print and distribute the documents in paper form, if desired.  The various components of the toolkit are designed to work together to offer ideas, explanations, and examples.

The toolkit includes a brief introduction, the table of the principles, an informational brochure in question-and-answer format, a series of 10 fact sheets presenting brief case studies, three extended case studies offering more detail, and a glossary of key terms.  Each element of the toolkit includes a brief list of outside resources where users can find further information.  Case studies were selected to represent all regions of the country.  An additional goal of the longer case studies was to expand the types of plans represented.  Thus, one is an MPO long-range transportation plan, one is a DOT long-range statewide transportation plan, and one is a DOT corridor plan.  Aside from the plans themselves, more detailed information was obtained from key individuals at the agencies and the citizen advisory committees.  By broadening the scope of the case studies and fact sheets, the project team hoped to illustrate the potential for integrating CSS in planning for all planning efforts and agencies.

The definitions in the glossary were drawn largely from the FHWA Planning Glossary, to maintain consistency with other FHWA materials.  The few exceptions to this were included to help clarify specialized language for the general public.  The question-and-answer brochure includes discussion of the ideas behind the principles as well as how each principle can be implemented in transportation planning.  The question-and-answer brochure also notes the case studies and/or fact sheets that illustrate the application of specific principles.   

From the start, the toolkit materials were designed to be visually appealing, colorful, and easy to understand. The various components were carefully coordinated in style, language, and content to present a cohesive message and set of materials.

The toolkit materials were reviewed by the FHWA staff, and each fact sheet and case study was forwarded to the respective planning agencies for their review.  Permissions for the use of graphic materials were also secured from each agency.  The various materials are included in Appendix C of this report.

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