A kick-off workshop organized by the Peninsula Rail Program was held on November 4th, featuring a nationally renowned CSS expert as well as the Peninsula Rail Program's newly hired CSS consultant, urban designer Bruce Fukuji. Here are the slides from their respective presentations:
- Context Sensitive Solutions: An Overview by Hal Kassoff, Sr. Vice President, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington, D.C.
- Context Sensitive Solutions for the Peninsula: Community Engagement and Project Design by Bruce A. Fukuji, Peninsula Rail Program.
For everyone who wants this project "done right," CSS presents a structured opportunity to build consensus about just what exactly "right" means. The commitment to use CSS is not a small one, considering that specific peninsula design alternatives are already being debated behind closed doors, and that the final project EIR/EIS is still planned for end 2011.
Playing out against a backdrop that includes the program EIR being decertified by the Atherton lawsuit, rail officials now seem to realize that the path of least resistance may lead through CSS. Failing to achieve a reasonable level of community consensus is likely to mire the project in CEQA lawsuits for a long time.
That's not stopping the local press from dismissing CSS as a gimmick.