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Planning Our Future Together:
Celebrating 50 Years of the TPB

The TPB was created in 1965 by the region's local and state governments to respond to federal highway legislation in 1962 that required the establishment of a "continuing, comprehensive and coordinated" transportation planning process in every urbanized area in the United States. The TPB's 50th anniversary provides an opportunity to look back at the body's role in making the region's transportation system what it is today. It is also an opportunity to look ahead to the future and what the next half-century might bring. more...


Fifty Years Ago, TPB Established as Region's Official Metropolitan Planning Organization

Fifty years ago, on June 30, 1965, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board was officially established and designated as the Washington region’s metropolitan planning organization, or MPO. more...

 
 

Live Audio Streaming of Monthly
TPB Meetings Is Now Available!

Tune in to the live audio stream beginning at noon on the third Wednesday of each month.

www.mwcog.org/TPBmtgLIVE

You'll also find live updates via Twitter and recorded audio from past meetings.


Analysis Quantifies Drop in Roadway Congestion During Recent Papal Visit

A TPB analysis has quantified the traffic effects of Pope Francis' recent visit to the Washington region. The analysis, which showed sharp drops in rush-hour congestion on area roadways during the visit, demonstrates that modest reductions in driving during peak periods can yield dramatic improvements in travel conditions. more...


Major Transit Projects in Various Stages of Planning and Implementation Highlighted at Regional Forum

As ozone season gets underway in the Washington region, engineers and planners at the Transportation Planning Board get busy forecasting future vehicle-related emissions of the two main ingredients in ozone formation, nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The TPB carries out the emissions forecasts each year before it adopts updates to the region’s Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan, or CLRP. more...


Workshop Examines What It Takes to Create Safe and Inviting Pedestrian Spaces

The Transportation Planning Board recently approved a number of pedestrian and bicycle improvement projects in Northern Virginia to receive funding under the federal Transportation Alternatives Program. The $2.5 million in funding will cover the capital costs of constructing the projects, which include sidewalk enhancements, new bike lanes and bikeways, and accessibility improvements for persons with disabilities. more...


Study Maps Ways to Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Access to "Underutilized" Rail Transit Stations

TCSP Study

A recent Transportation Planning Board study looked at ways to take advantage of unused capacity in the region's transit system by making it easier for people who live or work near the most underutilized stations to get to those stations on foot or by bicycle. more...


Regional Study Sets Stage for Improved Commuter and Tour Bus Parking in the District

A recent Transportation Planning Board study looked at possible on-street staging locations throughout the District of Columbia and Arlington County where commuter buses could arrive early and wait for their afternoon routes to begin. more...


Real-Time Arrival Signs Coming to Nearly 180 Bus Stops This Year

By the end of 2015, nearly 180 bus stops along some of the region’s busiest bus corridors will feature new electronic arrival signs telling passengers in real time when their bus is due to arrive. more...

 
 

 

 

 

Public Comment on the 2015 CLRP Amendment is Now Closed

On September 10, the TPB released for public comment the draft 2015 Amendment to the region's Financially Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP). The comment period on the amendment closed on October 10. The TPB reviewed all comments recieved before it voted October 21 to approve the amendment. To learn more about the 2015 CLRP Amendment, go to
www.mwcog.org/CLRP2015.


As Ozone Season Gets Underway, Air Quality Analysis of 2015 CLRP Update Kicks Off

As ozone season gets underway in the Washington region, engineers and planners at the Transportation Planning Board get busy forecasting future vehicle-related emissions of the two main ingredients in ozone formation, nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The TPB carries out the emissions forecasts each year before it adopts updates to the region’s Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan, or CLRP. more...


Findings of Regional Vehicle "Census" Point to Slower-Than-Expected Air Quality Gains

Every three years the Transportation Planning Board carries out a regional vehicle “census” to determine the year, make, and model of nearly every car and truck registered in the Washington region. The analysis yields important information about the changing age and make-up of the region’s vehicle fleet that helps the TPB refine its forecasts of future vehicle-related emissions of key air pollutants and greenhouse gases. more...


Analysis Forecasts Thursday Traffic Peak Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

Traffic on Washington area highways ahead of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend is expected to reach its worst point on Thursday afternoon, running counter to a common perception that the Friday before the holiday weekend is the worst time to travel. more...


Pedestrian and Bicycle Projects in Northern Virginia to Receive Federal "Transportation Alternatives" Funding

The Transportation Planning Board recently approved a number of pedestrian and bicycle improvement projects in Northern Virginia to receive funding under the federal Transportation Alternatives Program. The $2.5 million in funding will cover the capital costs of constructing the projects, which include sidewalk enhancements, new bike lanes and bikeways, and accessibility improvements for persons with disabilities. more...


"Multi-Sector Working Group" Develops Draft List of Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments group charged with identifying promising strategies for significantly reducing the region’s greenhouse gas emissions has developed a draft list of strategies to analyze this summer before identifying those with the greatest potential to help the region achieve ambitious long-term emissions-reduction goals. more...


TPB Selects Projects to Receive New Federal "Enhanced Mobility" Funding

A number of local efforts to address the specialized transportation needs of older adults and persons with disabilities will receive funding this year under a new federal program known as Enhanced Mobility. more...

 


Featured Publications


TPB News: A monthly
summary of the activities of
the Transportation
Planning Board (TPB)

The Region: Annual Review
of Transportation Issues
in the Washington
Metropolitan Region

July 2014

Regional Transportation Priorities Plan
January 2014
What Do People
Think About
Congestion Pricing?

September 2013
2012 Constrained
Long-Range Plan (CLRP) Summary Brochure

January 2013


Assessment of the Feasibility of Bus on Shoulders (BOS) at Select Locations in the National Capital Region
September 2013
2010 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for the National Capital Region
October 2010
A Citizens Guide to Transportation Decision Making in the Metropolitan Washington Region
May 2008

 


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