Sensitive Design (CSD) is an approach to planning and designing
transportation projects based on active and early partnerships with
While CSD is not a new concept for the New Jersey Department of Transportation:
it was formally incorporated into its procedures in 1999. CSD involves
a commitment to a process that encourages transportation officials to
collaborate with community stakeholders so the design of the project
reflects the goals of the people who live, work and travel in the area.
Such collaboration results in creative and safe transportation solutions.
Congestion Relief and Transportation Trust Fund Renewal Act signed into
law in July 2000, requires the New Jersey Department of Transportation
to have a CSD program.
engineers, planners, project managers and community relations representatives,
as well as consultants and community leaders have been trained in its
techniques: flexible design, respectful communication, consensus-building
and community participation, negotiation and conflict resolution.
does CSD mean for my town? Because of our high traffic volumes,
population density and aging transportation infrastructure, New Jersey
residents stand to benefit more from this community-based approach than
many other states in the nation.
town centers, villages and cities grew around our highways. As a result,
we have an urgent need to safely and efficiently move motor vehicles
through residential and commercial areas while at the same time protecting
the equal rights and safety of pedestrians, bicyclists and local users
of business and public facilities.
ready. When NJDOT or NJ TRANSIT announces a new study or project
inyour community, gather your ideas, your concerns and your fellow residents.
Come to the meetings and share them with us. Together we will find common
ground and innovative ways to solve the transportation problem while
enhancing the community.
a vision. Residents must develop a formal concept of what they want
their towns to look like in five, ten and twenty years. NJDOT can then
be a partner in fulfilling that vision and also explain any limits on
our delivery of the project so local expectations can be realized.
information on Context Sensitive Design, please contact:
The Director of Communications
P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ 08625