How CSS Can Shape Process and Outcomes
Thinking of submitting a case study?
As you develop your materials, consider:
- How does my case study highlight ways CSS can result in better outcomes for communities, for transportation agencies, for stakeholders, and for project and planning partners?
- What does my case study emphasize about the value of applying CSS principles to the decision-making process?
The following are some examples of how CSS principles are linked with proactive approaches to improving transportation outcomes and processes.
How CSS Principles Can Improve Transportation Decision-making Processes
- Demonstrates an appropriate balance between mobility and access to destinations
- Improves stakeholder participation, ownership, responsibility, and trust
- Engages stakeholders and partners early and often, including defining context
- Integrates equity considerations into planning and project decisions
- Uses resources efficiently, such as shared mitigation costs, shared analysis staff, partnering for outreach activities
- Uses a multi-disciplinary, collaborative team
- Allows management and stakeholders to reliably predict the project delivery schedule, costs, scope, and general design outcomes, demonstrating the successful up-front application of CSS principles
- Supports efficient project delivery while retaining balanced objectives
- Demonstrates creativity in using design manuals and fundamental design controls
- Makes documentation of process and decisions available and understandable to stakeholders
- Improves the efficiency and effectiveness of maintenance and operations activities
- Represents institutionalization of CSS through improved or refined agency policy, procedures, or processes through design manuals, management methods, or other internal processes and tools
- Manages legal risk and provides liability protection through rigorous documentation of design choices and meaningful involvement of stakeholders to address potential conflicts early
- Develops staff capacity and expertise for CSS in future projects or programs
- Includes CSS components that can serve as benchmarks to measure progress in fully integrating CSS into routine practice.
- Clarifies the tradeoffs among competing goals and objectives as part of building consensus
How CSS Principles Can Improve Transportation Outcomes
- Improves community quality of life
- Expands options for multi-modal travel and improved physical and operational connections between modes, including freight operations
- Links land use and economic development with transportation
- Promotes and strengthens sound long-term land use, environmental, and economic development planning and priorities
- Demonstrates compatibility with the natural environment through conservation, restoration, or improved ecosystem function or habitat connectivity
- Outcomes reflect stakeholder input
- Supports efficient freight movement and inter-modal freight operations for economic sustainability
- Promotes sound investment strategies that emphasize long-term benefits and costs of project design and materials choices
- Minimizes construction-related disruption
- Promotes active transportation and improved public health
- Creates new or expanded partnering opportunities
- Improves safety and quality of service for all users
- Fosters partner and stakeholder capacity and expertise for CSS in future projects or programs