Wednesday, May 29, 2013

TxDOT's Official CSS Policy

CSS stands for Context Sensitive Streets.  In simplest possible terms, it means that state funded road projects should take into consideration surrounding land use.  For example, highways aren't appropriate next to where people live.  You can read more about them at the Institution for Transportation Engineering's official site thusly:
http://www.ite.org/css/

More importantly however, is TxDOT's officially adopted policy that states:
For some specific urban projects, the development process may also arise from a need for sustainable street and transit network associated with the potential project in the context of desired land uses and urban design established in regional plans, comprehensive plans, neighborhood plans, other local plans, special district plans, relevant public-private partnerships or economic development plans.  While not indicated directly in the project development process flow chart, these plans may indicate that the Needs Identification step should be revisited.
See their approved and adopted online manual here:

http://onlinemanuals.txdot.gov/txdotmanuals/lad/context_sensitive_transportation_design.htm