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 is being taken for the 2012-2013 workshop series, and the workshops will seek to highlight 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 are to:

The Dialog is featuring a series of workshops held in various locations across the United States.

The Dialog is 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).

How You Can Participate

You can participate in several ways:

Join the Community of Practice

Register and participate in the CSS National Dialog discussion forum at the CSS Clearinghouse Website. The Discussion Forum provides an informal convening point for practitioners, partners and stakeholders. You can post your questions and comments on CSS topics. Tell us what you would like to see at Dialog workshops.

View the Archived Webcasts

View archived Webcasts and accompanying case study materials presented at the 2009-2010 workshops. Check the archived workshops page for details.

Read the 2010 Final Report

The final report for previous CSS National Dialog activities documents the collection of case studies, the organization of the regional workshops, provides statistics of workshop participants and their evaluation of the workshops. The report also includes a brief summary of the major topics of discussion and common themes from the workshops.

People across the country are talking about the need to plan, design, build and maintain our transportation infrastructure in a way that enhances our quality of life.

Join us in this important conversation!

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