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Council of Governments to Dedicate "Ronald F. Kirby Training Center"

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) will dedicate one of its most important meeting spaces to the life and work of Ron Kirby, who served as COG's director of transportation planning for more than 26 years until his sudden, unexpected death in November 2013. more...

Read past issues of "TPB Weekly Report" at mwcog.org/tpbweeklyreport.

Kanti Srikanth Named as New Transportation Planning Director

On June 27, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments announced Kanti Srikanth as its new director of transportation planning. Srikanth will lead the team of nearly 60 planners, engineers, and other staff who support the ongoing work of the Transportation Planning Board. more...

TPB Urges Congress to Act to Fund Transportation

In a letter approved at its meeting on May 21, the TPB urged Congress to act to replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund, which federal officials have warned will become insolvent as early as August. “Insolvency will result in significant administrative burdens and immediate unmet transportation needs,” the letter says. Read the full letter here.

Update on Implementation of Bus Priority Projects Under Federal TIGER Grant

At its June 18 meeting, the TPB received a progress update on implementation of 16 bus priority projects in the region funded under the federal TIGER program. The update noted growing concern that not all of the projects will be completed by a 2016 deadline. Read the full briefing memo here.

TPB Approves Projects for 2014 CLRP Air Quality Conformity Assessment

On April 16, the TPB approved the projects to be included in the federally required Air Quality Conformity Assessment as part of the 2014 update to the region's Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP). The projects were available for public comment from March 13 until April 12.

Below are materials summarizing the projects, the public comments received, and the actions taken by the TPB at its April 16 meeting:

TPB Work Programs for FY2015 Approved

At its meeting on March 19, the TPB approved the annual work programs and budgets for the TPB and for the TPB’s Commuter Connections program for FY 2015, which starts July 1.

Despite Heavy Rains, Thousands Take Part in Bike to Work Day 2014

The forecast wasn't promising. "Rain, heavy at times, beginning overnight and lasting through the morning commute." Everyone wanted to know: would Bike to Work Day 2014 go on as planned? Get a full recap in TPB Weekly Report.

Preparing to Solicit for Projects Under New Federal "Enhanced Mobility" Program

The TPB is taking the first steps toward soliciting for projects to receive funding under the new federal Enhanced Mobility program, aimed at improving mobility for older adults and persons with disabilities. Currently, the TPB is accepting public comment on a draft Coordinated Human Service Transportation Plan, which spells out key goals and priorities to consider in selecting projects. Learn more about Enhanced Mobility and the TPB's role in selecting projects.

VRE and MARC Present Updated Investment Plans

At the TPB’s May 21 meeting, representatives of the region’s two commuter railroads, VRE and MARC, presented the highlights of both groups’ long-range investment plans, including commitments to maintaining a state of good repair, increasing train and station capacity, and making other upgrades.

View the VRE presentation here, and the MARC presentation here.

TPB Approves Regional Transportation Priorities Plan

After more than three years of work, the TPB on January 15 approved the Regional Transportation Priorities Plan, a document that identifies strategies with the greatest potential to respond to the region's most significant transportation challenges. Find the full plan, summary presentations of the plan, and more by visiting the Priorities Plan webpage.


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

August 2013

Regional Transportation Priorities Plan (RTPP)
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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