> TPB Vision
The TPB Vision
Vision is a short, but influential, policy document that lays out eight
broad goals to guide the region’s transportation investments into the
21st century. The Vision was unanimously approved in October 1998 by
the Transportation Planning Board after an extensive public outreach
effort that lasted three years.
A host of objectives and strategies are included in the Vision to show
how its eight primary goals can be reached. For example, Goal 4 in the
Vision calls for the use of technology to maximize the effectiveness
of the transportation system. A strategy in the Vision, which supports
this goal, calls for a unified, technology-based method of payment—something
like a “smart card”—for all transit, public parking and toll roads in
The Vision is not a plan with maps or lists of specific projects. It is fundamentally a framework to guide decision making. The various jurisdictions in the region are expected to pursue policies and projects that contribute to specific elements of the Vision. The goals, objectives and strategies in the Vision should be used to buttress arguments for or against new policies and projects.
Amid the diverse needs and opinions in the region, the Vision emphasizes
the commonality of our values. It is a symbol of regional consensus.
Although the TPB does not directly select projects in most cases, the
power of consensus reflected in the Vision can affect the kinds of projects
that the states and other jurisdictions choose to pursue. And ultimately,
the TPB has to approve those projects through the CLRP
and the TIP.
The Vision Statement
In the 21st Century, the Washington metropolitan region remains a vibrant
world capital, with a transportation system that provides efficient
movement of people and goods. This system promotes the region's economy
and environmental quality, and operates in an attractive and safe setting--it
is a system that serves everyone. The system is fiscally sustainable,
promotes areas of concentrated growth, manages both demand and capacity,
employs the best technology, and joins rail, roadway, bus, air, water,
pedestrian and bicycle facilities into a fully interconnected network.
Goals, Objectives, and Strategies
Goal 1. The Washington metropolitan
region's transportation system will provide reasonable access at reasonable
cost to everyone in the region.
- A comprehensive range of choices for users of the region's
- Accurate, up-to-date and understandable transportation system
information which is available to everyone in real time, and
is user-friendly for first-time visitor and residents, regardless
of mode of travel or language of the traveler.
- Fair and reasonable opportunities for access and mobility
for persons with special accessibility needs.
- Convenient bicycle and pedestrian access.
- Plan, implement, and maintain a truly integrated, multi-modal
regional transportation system.
- Plan and implement a tourist-friendly system that encourages
the use of transit and provides international signage and information.
- Make the region's transportation facilities safer, more accessible,
and less intimidating for pedestrians, bicyclists, and persons
with special needs.
- Plan and implement a uniform fare system for transit and commuter
- Adopt a regional transit planning process and plan, with priority
to uniformity, connectivity, equity, cost effectiveness and
Goal 2. The Washington metropolitan
region will develop, implement, and maintain an interconnected transportation
system that enhances quality of life and promotes a strong and growing
economy throughout the entire region, including a healthy regional core
and dynamic regional activity centers with a mix of jobs, housing and
services in a walkable environment.
- Economically strong regional core.
- Economically strong regional activity centers with a mix of
jobs, housing, services, and recreation in a walkable environment.
- A web of multi-modal transportation connections which provide
convenient access (including improved mobility with reduced
reliance on the automobile) between the regional core and regional
activity centers, reinforcing existing transportation connections
and creating new connections where appropriate.
- Improved internal mobility with reduced reliance on the automobile
within the regional core and within regional activity centers.
- Efficient and safe movement of people, goods, and information,
with minimal adverse impacts on residents and the environment.
- Define and identify existing and proposed regional activity
centers, taking full advantage of existing infrastructure, for
the growth and prosperity of each jurisdiction in the region.
- Encourage local jurisdictions to provide incentives for concentrations
of residential and commercial development along transportation/transit
corridors within and near the regional core and regional activity
centers, such as zoning, financial incentives, transfer of development
rights, priority infrastructure financing, and other measures.
- Encourage the federal government to locate employment in the
regional core and in existing and/or planned regional activity
- Give high priority to regional planning and funding for transportation
facilities that serve the regional core and regional activity
centers, including expanded rail service and transit centers
where passengers can switch easily from one transportation mode
- Identify and develop additional highway and transit circumferential
facilities and capacity, including Potomac River crossings where
necessary and appropriate, that improve mobility and accessibility
between and among regional activity centers and the regional
- Intercept automotive traffic at key locations, encouraging
"park once," and provide excellent alternatives to driving in
the regional core and in regional activity centers.
- Develop a system of water taxis serving key points along the
Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.
Goal 3. The Washington metropolitan
region's transportation system will give priority to management, performance,
maintenance, and safety of all modes and facilities.
- Adequate maintenance, preservation, rehabilitation, and replacement
of existing infrastructure.
- Enhanced system safety through effective enforcement of all
traffic laws and motor carrier safety regulations, achievement
of national targets for seatbelt use, and appropriate safety
features in facility design
- Factor life-cycle costs into the transportation system planning
and decision process.
- Identify and secure reliable sources of funding to ensure
adequate maintenance, preservation, and rehabilitation of the
region's transportation system.
- Support the implementation of effective safety measures, including
red light camera enforcement, skid-resistant pavements, elimination
of roadside hazards, and better intersection controls.
Goal 4. The Washington metropolitan
region will use the best available technology to maximize system effectiveness.
- Reduction in regional congestion and congestion-related incidents.
- A user-friendly, seamless system with on-demand, timely travel
information to users, and a simplified method of payment.
- Improved management of weather emergencies and major incidents.
- Improved reliability and predictability of operating conditions
on the region's transportation facilities.
- Full utilization of future advancements in transportation
|Metro's SmarTrip card allows travelers to
pay for fares and parking, supporting Stragety 4.
- Deploy technologically advanced systems to monitor and manage
traffic, and to control and coordinate traffic control devices,
such as traffic signals, including providing priority to transit
vehicles where appropriate.
- Improve incident management capabilities in the region through
enhanced detection technologies and improved incident response.
- Improve highway lighting, lane markings, and other roadway
delineation through the use of advanced and emerging technologies.
- Establish a unified, technology-based method of payment for
all transit fares, public parking fees, and toll roads in the
- Utilize public/private partnerships to provide travelers with
comprehensive, timely, and accurate information on traffic and
transit conditions and available alternatives.
- Use technology to manage and coordinate snow plowing, road
salting operations, and other responses to extreme weather conditions,
and to share with the public assessments of road conditions
and how much time it will take to clear roadways.
- Use advanced communications and real-time scheduling methods
to improve time transfers between transit services.
- Develop operating strategies and supporting systems to smooth
the flow of traffic and transit vehicles, reduce variances in
traffic speed, and balance capacity and demand.
- Maintain international leadership in taking advantage of new
technologies for transportation, such as automated highway systems
and personal rapid transit.
Goal 5. The Washington metropolitan
region will plan and develop a transportation system that enhances and
protects the region's natural environmental quality, cultural and historic
resources, and communities.
- The Washington region becomes a model for protection and enhancement
of natural, cultural, and historical resources.
- Reduction in reliance on the single-occupant vehicle (SOV)
by offering attractive, efficient and affordable alternatives.
- Increased transit, ridesharing, bicycling and walking mode
- Compliance with federal clean air, clean water and energy
conservation requirements, including reductions in 1999 levels
of mobile source pollutants.
- Reduction of per capita vehicle miles traveled (VMT).
- Protection of sensitive environmental, cultural, historical
and neighborhood locations from negative traffic and developmental
impacts through focusing of development in selected areas consistent
with adopted jurisdictional plans.
- Implement a regional congestion management program, including
coordinated regional bus service, traffic operations improvements,
transit, ridesharing, and telecommuting incentives, and pricing
- Develop a transportation system supportive of multiple use
and higher density (commercial and residential) in the regional
core and regional activity centers as a means of preserving
land; natural, cultural and historic resources; and existing
- Support regional, state and federal programs which promote
a cost-effective combination of technological improvements and
transportation strategies to reduce air pollution, including
promoting use of transit options, financial incentives, and
voluntary emissions reduction measures.
- Develop a regional tourism initiative to encourage air and
train arrival in the region, and additional transit access and
automobile parking at the termini of Metrorail/rail services.
- Provide equivalent employer subsidies to employees with the
intent of "leveling the playing field" between automobile and
- Plan and implement transportation and related facilities that
are aesthetically pleasing.
- Implement a regional bicycle/trail/pedestrian plan and include
bicycle and pedestrian facilities in new transportation projects
- Reduce energy consumption per unit of travel, taking maximum
advantage of technology options.
Goal 6. The Washington metropolitan
region will achieve better inter-jurisdictional coordination of transportation
and land use planning.
- A composite general land use and transportation map of the
region that identifies the key elements needed for regional
transportation planning--regional activity centers, principal
transportation corridors and facilities, and designated "green
- Region-wide coordination of land use and transportation planning
in accordance with the recommendations of the Partnership for
Regional Excellence report approved by the COG Board of Directors
- Develop a regional process to notify local governments formally
of regional growth and transportation policy issues, and encourage
local governments to specifically address such issues in their
- Identify an agreed-upon set of definitions and assumptions
to facilitate regional cooperation.
- Ensure that major corridor studies include options that serve
the regional core and regional activity centers shown on the
- Develop, in cooperation with local governments, model zoning
and land use guidelines that encourage multiple use development
patterns and reduce non-work automobile dependency.
- Plan for development to be located where it can be served
by existing or planned infrastructure.
Goal 7. The Washington metropolitan
region will achieve an enhanced funding mechanism(s) for regional and
local transportation system priorities that cannot be implemented with
current and forecasted federal, state, and local funding.
- Consensus on a set of critical transportation projects and
a funding mechanism(s) to address the region's growing mobility
and accessibility needs.
- A fiscally sustainable transportation system.
- Users of all modes pay an equitable share of costs.
- Conduct outreach and education activities to promote public
- Develop public support and approval for a specific set of
regional and local transportation priorities and a funding mechanism(s)
to supplement (and not supplant) priorities to be implemented
with current and forecasted federal, state, and local funding.
Goal 8. The Washington metropolitan
region will support options for international and inter-regional travel
- The Washington region will be among the most accessible in
the nation for international and inter-regional passenger and
- Continued growth in passenger and goods movements between
the Washington region and other nearby regions in the mid-Atlantic
- Connectivity to and between Washington Dulles International,
National, and Baltimore-Washington International airports.
- Maintain convenient access to all of the region's major airports
for both people and goods.
- Support efficient, fast, cost-effective operation of inter-regional
passenger and freight rail services.
- Support the development of a seamless regional transportation
- Support coordinated ticketing and scheduling among Amtrak,
MARC, VRE, WMATA, local bus and inter-city bus service.
- Develop a regional plan for freight movement.