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Cycling Classes, Commuter Convoys Among Tools to Encourage First-Time "Bike to Work Day" Participants

TPB Weekly Report

Cycling classes, commuter convoys, bike-to-work guides, and the regional Guaranteed Ride Home program are among the many services and resources designed to help commuters feel safer and more comfortable taking to the road and trails as part of Bike to Work Day, to be held this year on Friday, May 15. more...

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

"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...

Spring 2015 "Street Smart" Campaign Runs Mar. 25 Through Apr. 19

The region's twice-yearly Street Smart pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign kicked off March 25 with a formal event and press conference in College Park, Maryland. 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...

Jerry Miller Retires After 25 Years Serving COG and the TPB

On February 27, Jerry Miller retired after 25 years of service to the Council of Governments and the Transportation Planning Board. As a senior director in COG’s Department of Transportation Planning (DTP), Miller led a variety of activities, including the development of the first Financially Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan and dozens of subsequent updates. Most recently, following Ron Kirby’s sudden and unexpected death, Miller stepped up -- along with his colleague Bob Griffiths -- to assume many of the duties that belonged to the long-time DTP Director. more...

Pace of Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning, Implementation Picking Up

The pace of planning and implementing significant bicycle and pedestrian improvements in the Washington region has picked up in recent years, according to a major four-year update of the region's Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, adopted by the Transportation Planning Board last week. more...

TPB Approves Update to Participation Plan

The TPB at its meeting on September 17 approved an update of its Participation Plan detailing its various public involvement and outreach activities. Several new activities have been added since the TPB last updated the plan in 2007. View the Board resolution approving the update, the memo summarizing comments received, and the updated plan.





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...

Updated "Cooperative Forecasts" Will Feed Analyses of 2015 CLRP Update

Before the Transportation Planning Board votes later this year to approve an annual update to the region’s Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP), it will conduct two detailed analyses, both of which will rely on recent updates to regional population and job growth forecasts developed by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). more...

Public Seeks VDOT Commitment to Non-Driving Options in I-66 Express Lanes Proposal

One of the main thrusts of recent public comments on a set of proposals to add express toll lanes to I-66 in Northern Virginia was to seek assurances from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the sponsoring agency, that the projects would include robust efforts to support more transit use, carpooling, and vanpooling in the corridor, as well as enhanced options for bicycling and walking. 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...

Metroway, Region's First BRT Line, Gets Start With TIGER Help

The Washington region's first bus rapid transit line, known as Metroway, opened to passengers in Northern Virginia in late August, with help in part from a federal TIGER grant received by the Transportation Planning Board. 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 (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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