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Developing a Regional Transportation Priorities Plan (RTPP) for the National Capital Region
As growth in our region continues to place heavier demands on our transportation network, decision-makers will be challenged to make critical improvements to roads, public transportation and pedestrian and bicycle facilities while at the same time funding is limited.
In response to these challenges, and at the request of the TPB’s Citizens Advisory Committee, the TPB has embarked on a process to develop a Regional Transportation Priorities Plan (RTPP). The purpose of the RTPP is to identify those transportation strategies that best promote the TPB’s goals for economic opportunity, transportation choices, system safety and efficiency, quality of life, and environmental stewardship. Ultimately, it is envisioned that 10 to 15 strategies will be identified that the region can agree are the top priorities for addressing the most pressing challenges that the region faces in meeting the TPB’s goals
The RTPP development process began in July 2011, when the TPB approved the scope of work for the RTPP. The scope of work acknowledged the importance of public support for the RTPP, and called for extensive public outreach the process. In January and February 2012, TPB staff conducted a series of listening sessions with regional stakeholders representing a variety of interests throughout the region as well as citizen groups. In June 2012,, the TPB hosted a citizen forum comprised of a representative sample of citizens from throughout the region. These two public outreach events provided TPB staff with valuable feedback that is helping to ensure that the RTPP process and products are meaningful to the residents of the region.
The next round of public outreach will take place in spring 2013, and will utilize web-based polling to test a refined set of regional goals, challenges, and strategies that incorporates feedback from earlier public outreach efforts. It is expected that the fall public outreach event will inform a future public outreach event in summer and fall 2013, during which a number of public outreach tools will be utilized, possibly including a combination of web-based polling, additional deliberative forums, and mobile kiosks throughout the region. The purpose of these efforts would be to inform the selection of priority strategies from a longer list of strategies under discussion.
For more information on the Regional Transportation Priorities Plan process, please contact:
John Swanson - (202) 962-3295
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