Context Sensitive Solutions: Designing Transportation Projects
for People and Places

Denver Convention Center
July 24-25, 2008

July 24, 2008 - Day 1

8:00 am

Welcome & Introductions

Scott Bernstein, Chairman, Surface Transportation Policy Partnership (STPP)
Jacky Grimshaw, Vice-President for Policy, Transportation and Community Development, Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)

8:30 am Keynote Address Plenary Session

Peter Park, Manager-Community Planning and Development, City of Denver

9:15 am Introduction to Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) Principles and Project Delivery Processes Plenary Session

CSS weaves people and places together incorporating all users and modes to design transportation solutions.  Participants will learn what principles are included in a CSS approach, how a CSS approach differs from traditional methods, and what questions stakeholders should ask to ensure that CSS is being used in project planning and design. 

Jack Lettiere, former Commissioner, NJ DOT

10:15 am Break
10:30 am Projects from Concept to Construction: Understanding how Transportation Professionals Decide the “Why,” “What” and “Where” of Transportation Projects Plenary Session

Participants will learn the role of traffic forecasting assumptions in project planning, how to find flexibility in the Green Book, and about the relationship between land use decisions and project design.

Gary Toth, Senior Director for Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public Spaces
Troy Russ, Principal, Glatting Jackson

11:45 am Lunch  

Participants will have an opportunity to share their community’s issues with others

1:00 pm Thinking Beyond the Station: Applying CSS to Transit Plenary Session

CSS has received the most attention as a way to think about and design highway projects.  Participants will learn how CSS principles are applicable to transit projects.

Marilee Utter, President, Citiventure Associates LLC
Minnie Fells Johnson, Board Chair, Project for Public Spaces
Liz Telford, Manager of Corridor Planning-Environmental, Denver Regional Transportation District

2:45 pm Break  
3:00 pm Tools for Determining Community Context Plenary Session

One of the first steps in applying CSS principles to project design is to assess current land uses, pending developments and most importantly, to develop a future vision for the corridor or area.  The results of the lunchtime questionnaire will be used as a resource for this session.  Participants will be introduced to the tools available for these assessments and to one that will be used in a Day 2 field exercise.

Leigh Lane, Manager Transportation Policy, Louis Berger, Associates
Cynthia Nikitin, Vice President, Project for Public Spaces

6:00 pm Reception

Jul 25, 2008 - Day 2

8:00am Recap of Day 1 and Final Field Trip Instructions
8:30am CSS Applications along a Denver Corridor Field Trip

Participants will be divided into groups and transported to several locations along a corridor(s) to apply one of the tools described on Day 1.

11:00 am Working Together on creating a Vision Breakout Sessions

Participants, upon return to the workshop site, will work in teams using the results of the morning exercise to create a vision using CSS principles for the assigned corridor.  Team work will continue through lunch.  A box lunch will be provided.

1:00 pm Report out from Teams on Proposed Visions Plenary Session
1:30 pm Advocates Role in Engaging and Motivating Transportation Decision Makers to Make CSS a Regular Part of Project Planning & Design Plenary Session

Participants will hear from a panel of advocates about team building, respectful communication, the role of politics, and how to create an advocacy voice in their community.  Opportunities for discussion will also be included.

Linda Bolte, Chairperson, Oak Park Planning Commission (Oak Park, IL)-Moderator
Wendy Landman, Walk Boston
Elaine Clegg, City Council, Boise, Idaho

3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Moving CSS from Concept to Reality in Your Community Plenary Session

Jim Charlier, President, Charlier & Associates, Inc.

4:00 pm Wrap Up Plenary Session
  Anne Canby, President, STPP