CSD Symposium Plenary Address [Summary]
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Gary Toth, New Jersey DOT Director of Project Planning and Development. Gary has 30 years of experience within the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), and is currently Director of Project Planning and Development. His Division is charged with generating a half a billion dollars of new starts for NJDOT on an annual basis. Project Planning involves creating a partnership with the host communities and regulatory agencies, and systematically ratcheting down project expectations to create a good fit between engineering, environmental and political considerations. Gary has worked for NJDOT since graduating from Stevens Institute of Technology in NJ in 1973 with a Bachelor's of Engineering (Major in Civil Engineering). He also is a graduate of the Environmental Management Institute at the University of Southern California in 1980. Gary is one of the originators of the NJDOT Task Force on Context Sensitive Design (CSD) which has been working to implement CSD "Thinking Beyond the Pavement" principles within NJDOT since 1999. He has participated in workshops or peer reviews on CSD or CIA in Maryland, Connecticut, Washington D.C, Indiana, and Oregon. Gary has been a member of the National Community Impact Assessment Design Team since 1998. He helped evolve that Team into the Transportation Research Board's Community Impact Assessment Subcommittee in 2001, and remains a member today. In October, 2001, he organized a three day TRB Northeastern US Workshop on Community Impact Assessment, and will do so again in 2005. Prior to that, he was a member as well as Secretary/Recorder of the AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) Task Force on Corridor Preservation.