What is the CSS National Dialog 2?

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has started the next round of the Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) National Dialog. The CSS National Dialog 2 builds upon FHWA's efforts to promote an ongoing exchange of ideas, and to drive momentum for wider implementation of CSS in the transportation industry.

From 2008-2010, the first CSS National Dialog collected over 90 exemplary case studies from across the country. Five regional workshops were convened where the best practices of applying CSS in transportation projects, plans, and programs were presented and used to initiate discussion and interaction among workshop participants.

A similar approach was taken for the CSS National Dialog 2, and the workshops highlighted the linkages between CSS and sustainability, livability, striking a balance between needs and affordability, as well as the value of CSS for improving all phases of the transportation decision-making process, from planning, to design, construction, maintenance, performance evaluation, and into the next planning cycle.

The goals of the Dialog:

CSS National Dialog 2, developed and conducted ten half-day CSS workshop and two webcast events based on a new solicitation to the transportation community for best practices, thus continuing the momentum started by the first National Dialog.

The Dialog was sponsored by the FHWA's Office of Human and Natural Environment as part of their CSS Program. The effort is supported by a project team led by The Cadmus Group in collaboration with The Center for Transportation and the Environment, Parsons, and Project for Public Spaces. The Dialog is funded by the FHWA’s Office of Planning, Environment and Realty’s Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program (STEP).

Final Report

The final report for CSS National Dialog activities from September 2011 through September 2014 documents the collection of case studies, the organization of the regional workshops, provides statistics.

View the Archived Webcasts

View archived Webcasts and accompanying case study materials presented at the CSS National Dialog 2 workshops.

Contact the Center for Transportation and the Environment at cssnationaldialog@ncsu.edu
or 919-515-9351