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Archived Weekly Reports


March 2015

Spring "Street Smart" Campaign to Kick Off Mar. 25 in College Park, Md.
March 24, 2015

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

Regional Group Launches Work to Identify Promising Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies
March 17, 2015

A regional group convened by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to identify promising strategies for significantly reducing the region's greenhouse gas emissions recently launched its work with a formal kick-off meeting on January 30. Over the next several months, the group will hold more detailed discussions and analyze potential emissions-reduction strategies. more...

Updated "Cooperative Forecasts" Will Feed Analyses of 2015 CLRP Update
March 10, 2015

Before the Transportation Planning Board votes later this year to approve an annual update to the region’s Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP), including six major additions and changes, it will conduct two detailed analyses, one that forecasts future changes in travel patterns under the proposed update, and another that quantifies the air quality impacts of those changes.

The analyses will rely heavily on recent updates to regional population and job growth forecasts developed by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) in close consultation with the local planning departments of its member jurisdictions. more...

Public Seeks VDOT Commitment to Non-Driving Options in I-66 Express Lanes Proposals
March 3, 2015

The main thrust 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...

February 2015

Jerry Miller to Retire After 25 Years Serving COG and the TPB
February 24, 2015

With more than a quarter of a century of service to the TPB and a career spanning more than 40 years, Jerry Miller is looking to turn the page to a new chapter of life: retirement. As he does, he leaves COG and the TPB with many valuable contributions that better position the organizations to address key ongoing regional challenges. more...

Holiday - No Report
February 17, 2015

TPB Appoints Citizens Advisory Committee Members for 2015
February 10, 2015

The Transportation Planning Board recently approved the appointments of 15 members -- five each from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia -- to serve on its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) for the coming year. It also appointed eight alternate members. more...

TPB Selects Projects to Receive New Federal "Enhanced Mobility" Funding
February 3, 2015

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...

January 2015

Pace of Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning, Implementation Picking Up
January 27, 2015

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...

I-66 Tolling, Dedicated Bike Lanes in the District Slated for 2015 CLRP Update
January 20, 2015

Several major new additions or changes to the region’s Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP), including proposals to toll portions of I-66 in Virginia and to expand the District’s dedicated bike-lane network, are now available for public comment through February 14. more...

TPB Staff Showcase Innovations at National Transportation Conference
January 13, 2015

Last April, the Transportation Planning Board’s Commuter Connections program debuted new mobile apps making it possible for thousands of Washington area commuters to find carpool partners in their area using web-enabled smartphones or tablets.

At a national transportation conference going on this week here in Washington, DC, Commuter Connections director Nicholas Ramfos discussed the new apps during a half-day workshop on innovations in mobile communications. more...

Real-Time Arrival Signs Coming to Nearly 180 Bus Stops This Year
January 6, 2015

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...

December 2014

Holiday - No Report
December 30, 2014

Holiday - No Report
December 23, 2014

2014 Sees Notable Progress in Achieving Regional Transportation Goals
December 16, 2014

When it adopted the Regional Transportation Priorities Plan in January, the Transportation Planning Board highlighted a number of key strategies and priorities for achieving the region’s long-term transportation goals. Throughout 2014, the TPB and its partner agencies worked to implement those strategies and priorities in notable ways, as told through the digital pages of this publication over the past twelve months. more...

Area Community Leaders Gather to Learn About, Discuss Regional Transportation Decision-Making
December 9, 2014

Nearly two-dozen community leaders from around the Washington region gathered recently for the Transportation Planning Board’s thirteenth Community Leadership Institute (CLI) to learn about and discuss how transportation decisions are made in the region and how community leaders can become more involved in the decision-making process. more...

2015 CLRP Update to Focus on Addressing Region's Top Needs
December 2, 2014

Reducing congestion on roadways and transit systems. Providing high-quality transportation options between and within mixed-use Activity Centers. Reducing vehicle-related emissions of harmful air pollutants and greenhouse gases.

These are some of the top regional needs that the Transportation Planning Board is encouraging area transportation agencies to consider when identifying future improvements to fund and include in the 2015 update of the region’s Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP). more...

November 2014

Researchers Identify Busiest Times, Roadways for Thanksgiving-Week Drivers
November 18, 2014

Using newly available, minute-by-minute traffic information from one recent Thanksgiving, researchers at the Transportation Planning Board have identified the busiest times and roadways that Washington area drivers might expect during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Knowing when and where the worst congestion might occur can help both travelers and transportation agencies avoid or manage the worst impacts. more...

Holiday - No Report
November 11, 2014

"Street Smart" to Spread Important Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Messages
November 4, 2014

"Slow down and watch for pedestrians." "Use crosswalks. Wait for the walk signal." "Ride with traffic and stop at red lights."

These are just some of the important safety messages that will be spread via mass media to millions of Washington area motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists between now and the Thanksgiving Day holiday as part of the Transportation Planning Board’s twice-yearly Street Smart pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign. more...

October 2014

TLC Promoting Non-Auto Travel Options in Region's Suburban Communities
October 28, 2014

Several planning studies and preliminary engineering projects receiving funding under the Transportation/Land-Use Connections (TLC) Program this year aim to promote non-auto travel options in suburban communities across the region. more...

Proximity Tops List of Factors Influencing Airport Choice, Local Survey Finds
October 21, 2014

Local air travelers say that proximity matters most in choosing which of the Washington region’s three major commercial airports to use, highlighting the important role that area highway and transit networks play in shaping airport use patterns. more...

Concerted Action Leads to Major Improvements in Region's Air Quality
October 14, 2014

Ground-level ozone concentrations in the Washington region exceeded healthy levels on just four days each of the last two summers, down from 43 such "exceedance" days as recently as the summer of 2007, and 67 during the summer of 1998. That's according to data released recently by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments following the end of this year's official "ozone season," which ran April 1 to September 30. more...

Latest Performance Analysis Details Region's Transportation Future Under 2014 CLRP
October 7, 2014

An analysis of the latest proposed update of the region's Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP) details how well the future transportation system laid out in the plan is expected to meet the needs of area travelers in 2040. more...

September 2014

With New Revenue, States to Play Bigger Transportation Funding Role Through 2040
September 30, 2014

Having approved historic measures last year that raise hundreds of millions of dollars a year in new revenue for transportation, Maryland and Virginia are poised to cover a larger share of the cost of maintaining, operating, and expanding the Washington region's transportation system over the next 26 years. more...

2014 CLRP Maps Hundreds of Highway and Transit Improvements Planned Through 2040
September 23, 2014

More than 300 regionally significant improvements to the Washington region’s highway and transit system through 2040 are detailed in the final draft of this year’s update of the region’s Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP), available for public comment through October 11. more...

Final 2014 CLRP Public Comment Underway
September 16, 2014

Elected officials, transportation agencies, and the public have one last opportunity to comment on this year's update of the region's Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP) before the Transportation Planning Board considers it for final approval on October 15. more...

Regional Solicitation Underway for Federal "Enhanced Mobility" Grant Funding
September 9, 2014

The Transportation Planning Board recently began accepting applications for funding under a new federal program aimed at addressing the transportation needs of persons with limited mobility resulting from old age or physical or mental disability. more...

Metroway, Region's First BRT Line, Gets Start With TIGER Help
September 2, 2014

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

August 2014

Millions Worldwide to Go Car-Free or "Car-Lite" on Monday, Sept. 22
August 26, 2014

"Put it away. Uncar for a day." That's the message that local organizers of Car Free Day 2014 are sending to encourage more Washington area commuters and others who usually drive to give up their car for a day and try walking, bicycling, taking transit, carpooling, or teleworking instead. more...

Fauquier County Becomes TPB's Newest Voting Member
August 19, 2014

The Transportation Planning Board recently welcomed Fauquier County, Virginia, as its newest voting member, now that a small portion of the county has been designated under federal law as part of the TPB's official planning area. more...

The Silver Line: Expanding Travel Options and Strengthening Activity Centers
August 12, 2014

It took almost 50 years for Metro's new Silver Line to turn from long-range planning idea into reality. The project entered the region's Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP) in 1999, marking the point at which funding was reasonably expected to be available for the project.

On July 26, the first phase of the Silver Line finally opened. It is already expanding travel options and helping to strengthen several of the region's major Activity Centers -- places where planners would like to see more of the region's future residential and job growth occur. more...

TLC Supporting Regional Focus on Activity Centers and Walking, Bicycling, and Transit
August 5, 2014

By next summer, seven local jurisdictions in the Washington region will be one step closer to realizing their aspirations for better pedestrian, bicycle, and transit connectivity between and within Activity Centers in their jurisdiction. more...

July 2014

Commuter Connections Marks 40 Years Serving the Washington Region
July 29, 2014

The effects of the October 1973 oil embargo hit Washington area commuters hard. Gas prices topped 50 cents a gallon for the first time ever. Long lines formed at gas stations as fuel supplies dwindled. Getting to and from work by car suddenly became much more expensive -- in some cases, prohibitively so. Seeking short-term relief and with an eye toward possible future disruptions, regional leaders in June 1974 launched the region's first-ever carpool matching service, known as Commuter Club. more...

Council of Governments to Dedicate "Ronald F. Kirby Training Center"
July 22, 2014

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...

$39 Billion Needed to Repair or Replace Region's Aging Highways and Bridges
July 15, 2014

The cost of repairs needed to keep the region’s aging highways and bridges in a state of good repair over the next 25 years could top $39 billion, and area transportation agencies are counting on federal funding to cover nearly half that cost. more...

Kanti Srikanth Named as New Transportation Planning Director
July 8, 2014

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...

Holiday - No Report
July 1, 2014

June 2014

TLC Webinar Highlights Suburban Approaches to Transportation Demand Management
June 24, 2014

The City of Falls Church wants to capitalize on its proximity to Metro by attracting more residential and commercial development along Washington Street, one of the city's two main commercial corridors. But much of the thoroughfare lies beyond the quarter-mile radius from transit that planners traditionally consider optimal for encouraging transit-oriented development. more...

Despite Heavy Rains, Thousands Take Part in Bike to Work Day 2014
June 17, 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? more...

"Big Data" Unlock Possibilities for Better Understanding Congestion on Area Roadways
June 10, 2014

The Transportation Planning Board is taking advantage of the growing availability of real-time data on traffic conditions to better understand congestion on Washington area roadways. more...

TPB to Congress: Protect the Highway Trust Fund From Insolvency, Now and Into the Future
June 3, 2014

The Transportation Planning Board recently urged the United States Congress to act immediately to replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund and to secure more reliable, long-term sources of revenue to support ongoing transportation investments into the future. more...

May 2014

Holiday - No Report
May 27, 2014

Commuter Connections Goes Mobile With New Website and Apps for Smartphones and Tablets
May 20, 2014

It’s now easier than ever for Washington area commuters to find carpool partners, locate park-and-ride lots, and access other information and resources to help them find easier, less expensive ways to get to work. Commuter Connections, a program of the Transportation Planning Board, recently announced the launch of its new mobile-friendly website and new mobile apps to allow commuters to easily access commuter information using their smartphones or tablet computers. more...

2014 CLRP Update Enters Next Phase: Air Quality Conformity Analysis
May 13, 2014

The 2014 update to the region’s Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan has entered its next phase: the federally required Air Quality Conformity Analysis, to assess whether future vehicle emissions under the proposed plan will exceed regional budgets approved by the federal government. The analysis will be completed by September, in time for the Transportation Planning Board to review the results before considering the update for final approval in October. more...

Washington Region Forecast to Continue Growing, Mostly in Activity Centers
May 6, 2014

The latest growth forecasts from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) predict more than 2 million new residents and 1.5 million new jobs in the Washington region by 2040.  Most of this new growth will occur in denser, mixed-use housing and job centers known as Activity Centers, according to the forecasts. more...

April 2014

Preliminary Assessment Shows Some Progress in Implementing Regional Priorities
April 29, 2014

The region is making some progress in implementing key priorities spelled out in the Regional Transportation Priorities Plan, according to a preliminary assessment presented to the Transportation Planning Board in April. more...

Annual "Bike to Work Day" Coming Up Friday, May 16
April 22, 2014

The Washington region's annual Bike to Work Day is coming up Friday May 16, and organizers are hoping to get as many as 17,000 commuters to register to bicycle to work that day. more...

Federal "Transportation Alternatives" Dollars Helping to Advance Regional Priorities
April 15, 2014

For the second year in a row, the Transportation Planning Board will select a number of local capital improvement projects throughout the Washington region to receive funding under the federal "Transportation Alternatives" program. more...

Spring "Street Smart" Campaign to Kick Off Apr. 17 in Woodbridge, Va.
April 8, 2014

Warmer weather and longer days bring more Washington area residents out on foot and bicycles, whether for their daily commute, to run errands, or for exercise or recreation. When that happens, the risk of deadly collisions between automobiles, pedestrians, and bicyclists goes up.

That's why the Transportation Planning Board times one of its twice-yearly "Street Smart" bicycle and pedestrian safety campaigns to occur each spring, soon after the switch to Daylight Saving Time and once the final weeks of winter have passed. more...

Planned Commuter Rail Investments Align With Identified Regional Priorities
April 1, 2014

Both Maryland and Virginia have announced updated plans to keep their respective commuter rail systems in a state of good repair and to expand capacity on existing routes to serve more riders. more...

March 2014

Staff of Local Elected Officials Participate in Two-Day Community Leadership Institute
March 25, 2014

On March 13 and March 19, the Transportation Planning Board welcomed more than a dozen staff of local elected officials from across the region to the latest session of the TPB’s Community Leadership Institute, or CLI. more...

11 Major Projects Submitted for Inclusion in 2014 CLRP Update
March 18, 2014

Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia have submitted 11 major projects to be included in this year's update to the region's Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan, known as the CLRP. more...

Work Underway to Develop List of Key Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements Near Underutilized Rail Transit Stations
March 11, 2014

Twenty-five underutilized Metrorail or commuter rail stations in the Washington region will be the focus of the second phase of a Transportation Planning Board study looking for ways to take greater advantage of unused capacity in the region’s existing rail transit system. more...

TLC Study of Affordable Housing Near Transit Featured in Recent Webinar
March 4, 2014

In 2012, the Transportation Planning Board funded a study to evaluate the risk that development pressure and rising property values might permanently "price out" lower-income households near ten transit stations in the Washington region. Recently, the study's findings were featured in an online webinar that attracted more than 50 participants from around the region and the country. more...

February 2014

Regional "Green Streets" Policy Encourages Efforts to Limit Impacts of Stormwater Runoff
February 25, 2014

When heavy rain falls on the Washington region, the runoff from impermeable surfaces like roadways and sidewalks can carry trash, sediment, oil, bacteria, and other road-related pollutants into nearby waterways like the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, and eventually into the Chesapeake Bay.

A new regional "Green Streets" policy, approved by the Transportation Planning Board at its February meeting, encourages state and local jurisdictions across the region to take steps to reduce the volume of water that runs off into streams, or to slow the rate at which it does. more...

New "Place + Opportunity" Report Provides Toolkit for Strengthening Activity Centers
February 18, 2014

A new report from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments provides a toolkit of strategies designed to strengthen the region's Activity Centers -- by expanding economic and social opportunity for the people who live, work, or do business in them. more...

Priority Bicycle and Pedestrian Project List Identifies Needs From a Regional Perspective
February 11, 2014

Earlier this year, the Transportation Planning Board’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Subcommittee, made up of planners from several of the region’s local jurisdictions, unveiled a list of the top unfunded bicycle and pedestrian projects from a regional perspective. more...

TPB Planners and Engineers Share Their Work at National Transportation Conference
February 4, 2014

More than a dozen planners and engineers from the Transportation Planning Board recently attended a gathering of transportation professionals from around the country and the world to share their latest research and learn from others about recent advances in transportation planning and engineering practice. more...

January 2014

Activity Centers Key Focus of Regional Transportation Priorities Plan
January 28, 2014

Not all of the top strategies for addressing the Washington region's most significant transportation challenges will require traditional infrastructure expansions, things like road widening, adding more transit service, or installing new bike lanes or sidewalks.

Earlier this month, when it approved the Regional Transportation Priorities Plan, the Transportation Planning Board reiterated the important role that changes in land-use can play in alleviating roadway congestion and transit crowding, two of the challenges the public identified in a TPB survey as being the region's most significant. more...

Highway and Transit Maintenance Identified as Top Priority in Regional Transportation Priorities Plan
January 21, 2014

On January 15, the Transportation Planning Board unanimously approved the Regional Transportation Priorities Plan, the culmination of a multi-year effort to identify the top strategies for addressing the region’s most pressing transportation challenges. more...

On Current Funding Trajectory, Metro Crowding and Reliability to Worsen
January 14, 2014

Barring any major changes to current funding trajectories, the region’s Metrorail system will face more crowding and less reliability in coming years, which could stunt growth in transit ridership for decades to come.

That prediction was one of the main highlights of a recent Transportation Planning Board analysis of the region’s Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan, or CLRP, a document that spells out all of the major transportation improvements planned to be funded and implemented between now and 2040. more...

TLC "Regional Peer Exchange Network" a Forum for Sharing Ideas About Transportation and Land-Use
January 7, 2014

The City of Takoma Park wants to convert New Hampshire Avenue, a high-speed urban arterial that runs along the city’s eastern boundary, into a multi-way boulevard, featuring wider sidewalks, updated bus stops, safer bicycle lanes, and more street trees. The City hopes that doing so will allow more people, especially residents of nearby neighborhoods, to more safely walk, bike, get to bus stops, and visit local shops along the heavily traveled corridor.

To support the City’s efforts, the Transportation Planning Board in October 2013 organized a workshop for planners, elected officials, and citizen advocates from around the region to hear about the City’s plans and to share their experiences implementing similar projects in their own local jurisdictions. more...

December 2013

Holiday - No Report
December 31, 2013

Holiday - No Report
December 24, 2013

Diversifying Travel Patterns and New State Transportation Funding Signal Progress in 2013
December 17, 2013

A number of major developments in transportation in the Washington region in 2013, highlighted in the digital pages of TPB Weekly Report over the last year, signal progress in achieving long-term improvements to the region's transportation system. more...

Building Consensus and Moving Forward on the Regional Transportation Priorities Plan
December 10, 2013

In recent weeks, dozens of Transportation Planning Board stakeholders have convened to work toward building consensus on the Regional Transportation Priorities Plan, a major TPB effort to identify the region's top transportation priorities. more...

A Unique Willingness and Ability to Share Knowledge, Experience, and Expertise
December 3, 2013

Over the years, in countless newspaper articles, radio and TV interviews, feature stories in magazines, and even online chats, Ron Kirby graciously shared with the media and the public his vast knowledge about transportation, accumulated over several decades of study and work. more...

November 2013

Holiday - No Report
November 26, 2013

Passion, Excitement, and a Commitment to Truth, Accuracy, and Fairness
November 19, 2013

Ron Kirby's mechanical pencil and block eraser never touched a draft of this issue of TPB Weekly Report. It's the first time that's happened in the nearly two years since we started publishing -- 91 issues in all. more...

"Safe Routes to School" Programs Make Walking and Biking to School
Easier and Safer

November 5, 2013

More than 70 transportation planners, health policy advocates, and representatives from school districts across the Washington region came together on October 29 to discuss ways to make it easier and safer for children to walk and bike to and from school. more...

October 2013

Comparing Transit Forecasts Made 20 Years Ago to Actual Ridership in 2010
October 29, 2013

A lot goes into predicting how people will travel around the region decades from now. Recently, the Transportation Planning Board undertook a study of forecasts it made almost 20 years ago of how many people would be using transit to get to and from work in 2010. more...

New "Information Hub" Helps Residents Engage in Transportation Decision-Making in the Region
October 22, 2013

Dozens of elected or appointed bodies, boards, and agencies are responsible for making decisions about the future of the Washington region's transportation system -- from where to build bike lanes and bus stops, to whether or not to expand Metrorail or area highways. These decisions will impact how people get to and from work and around the region for decades to come.

For residents who are interested in better understanding how these decisions are made and who might want to get involved, a new Transportation Planning Board website aims to explain in plain, clear terms the complicated, multi-layered decision-making process. more...

"Street Smart" Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Campaign to Kick Off Oct. 22
October 15, 2013

On Tuesday, October 22, law enforcement personnel, elected leaders, and transportation officials from across the Washington region will gather in Senate Park, just north of the U.S. Capitol building, to kick off the Transportation Planning Board's semi-annual "Street Smart" bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign. more...

"Bus-on-Shoulder" Proposals Need Careful, Site-Specific Evaluation,
Task Force Says

October 8, 2013

Should transit buses be allowed to use the shoulders of more Washington area highways in order to avoid traffic back-ups?

A Transportation Planning Board task force that studied the idea said in its final report, released last month, that the conditions in specific corridors under consideration need detailed analysis to make sure that the benefits of so-called "bus-on-shoulder" operations will outweigh the costs of implementation. more...

Growth in Freight, Passenger, and Commuter Rail Dependent on the Future of the Long Bridge
October 1, 2013

The region's ability to accommodate anticipated growth in freight, passenger, and commuter rail traffic in coming decades will depend in large part on the future of the region's only Potomac River freight rail crossing -- a 2,500-foot span between the District of Columbia and Virginia known as the Long Bridge. more...

September 2013

Group Identifies "Top Ten" Road, Rail, and Other Initiatives to Handle Surge in Freight Traffic
September 24, 2013

By 2040, regional planners expect a two-thirds increase in the amount of freight cargo traveling to, from, within, or through the Washington region, outpacing forecast population and job growth by a two-to-one margin. Recently, the Transportation Planning Board's Freight Subcommittee, created in 2008 to look at freight-related challenges facing the region, updated its "top ten" list of road, rail, and other initiatives needed to improve goods movement in the region. more...

"State of the Commute" Survey: Mode Choice Depends Largely on Where You Live
September 17, 2013

The results of the latest "State of the Commute" survey, conducted earlier this year by the Transportation Planning Board's Commuter Connections program, confirm that the travel mode people use to get to and from work each day depends in large part on where they live. more...

Public May Be Open to More Tolls on Area Roadways, But New Federal Rules Limit Scope
September 10, 2013

A regional network of express toll lanes on area highways -- giving drivers and transit vehicles a way to bypass traffic back-ups in regular lanes, especially during peak hours -- could garner enough public support to be implemented in the Washington region, according to a two-year study by the Transportation Planning Board. more...

Annual Car Free Day Event to Span Weekend of Sept. 20-22
September 3, 2013

"Park it. For a whole day or more." That's the message that organizers of this year's Car Free Day are sending to Washington area residents leading up to the annual event that encourages less driving and fewer trips by private automobile. more...

August 2013

TPB Approves Grants to Improve Travel Options for Low-Income Individuals and Persons With Disabilities
August 27, 2013

The Transportation Planning Board in June approved more than $3 million in grants for a number of initiatives in the Washington region to assist low-income individuals and persons with disabilities in meeting their everyday mobility needs. more...

TPB Selects 15 Local Projects to Receive Federal "Transportation Alternatives" Dollars
August 20, 2013

Fifteen local transportation projects in the Washington region will receive funding under a new, consolidated federal program aimed at supporting projects that expand travel choices like bicycling and walking, or that make other enhancements like mitigating the environmental impacts of transportation facilities. more...

Maryland and Virginia Using New Transportation Revenues to Accelerate Projects
August 13, 2013

Earlier this year, the state legislatures in Maryland and Virginia each approved measures that would raise upwards of $800 million a year in new revenue for transportation, the first statutory increases in two decades or more.

Now, just weeks after starting to collect the new revenue -- at the gas pump, from fuel wholesalers, or through sales taxes, depending on the jurisdiction -- both states are starting to allocate the new money to accelerate projects that have already been vetted and approved and are awaiting funding. more...

Action Taken to Update Region's Long-Range Transportation Plan
August 6, 2013

The Transportation Planning Board in July approved 20 major roadway or bicycle and pedestrian projects in Virginia and the District of Columbia to add to the region's constrained long-range transportation plan, or CLRP. more...

July 2013

TPB Seeking Public Comment on Draft Regional Transportation Priorities Plan
July 30, 2013

Between now and August 23, stakeholders, advocacy groups, and interested members of the general public are invited to review and comment on the Transportation Planning Board's draft Regional Transportation Priorities Plan, the culmination of a multi-year effort to identify the best strategies for addressing the region's most pressing transportation challenges. more...

Nine New Projects to Advance Better Coordination of Transportation and Land-Use
July 23, 2013

Nine local jurisdictions in the Washington region will receive technical assistance under the Transportation Planning Board's Transportation/Land-Use Connections Program for projects that strive to enable transportation systems and development patterns to support one another more effectively. more...

Federal Government Leading Continued Growth in Teleworking in the Washington Region
July 16, 2013

More of the Washington region's workforce is working from home or from remote work centers than ever before, according to the most recent "State of the Commute" survey conducted by Commuter Connections, a program of the Transportation Planning Board. The survey included telephone interviews with 6,335 randomly-selected employed residents of the Washington region. more...

Traffic-Related Delays Down Between 2010 and 2012, Study Finds
July 9, 2013

Washington area drivers are encountering less traffic and spending less time stuck in it, according to a recent Transportation Planning Board study that found significant declines in travel delay on area roads between 2010 and 2012. more...

Holiday - No Report
July 2, 2013

June 2013

Region Using Federal TIGER Funding to Improve Reliability and Convenience of Bus Transit
June 25, 2013

Several transportation agencies in the Washington region are using grant funding awarded under the federal TIGER program to make bus transit a more reliable and convenient travel option for area residents. more...

Region's Population Still Rising, But Driving Isn't
June 18, 2013

Between 2005 and 2011, the Washington region's population swelled by nearly 350,000 people to around 5.1 million -- an increase of 7.3%. But during the same time, total daily driving on area roadways saw almost no change, holding more or less steady at around 110 million vehicle-miles a day. more...

Region Sees Changes in Share of People LIving and Working in the Same Jurisdiction
June 11, 2013

A little over half of the region's working population commutes to jobs in their county of residence, according to a recent Transportation Planning Board analysis of commuting data from 2000 and 2011. Although that share hasn't changed much in the last decade or so -- nudging downward from 51.7% of workers in 2000 to 51.6% in 2011 -- most of the region's larger jurisdictions saw notable shifts in intra-jurisdictional commuting, whether upward or downward. more...

Green Streets Policy Could Encourage Efforts to Improve Region's Water Quality
June 4, 2013

As the Washington region continues to grow, new development, roadway construction, and vehicle travel will increasingly impact the region's natural environment. An approach to roadway design known as Green Streets could help mitigate some of those impacts, especially the effects of excess runoff from heavy rains on local streams and other waterways. more...

May 2013

As Bike Use Grows in the Region, Safety is All the More Important
May 28, 2013

The number of bicycle commuters in the Washington region is growing, as indicated by the success of the thirteenth annual Bike to Work Day and by a recent analysis of Census data by the Transportation Planning Board. more...

Latest Census Data Reveal Region's Commuters Shifting Away from Solo Driving, but Slowly
May 21, 2013

Commuters in the Washington region have been shifting -- slowly -- away from driving alone as their primary method of getting to and from work, according to the latest data available from the U.S. Census Bureau, analyzed recently by the Transportation Planning Board. more...

TLC Study Helps Prince George's County Identify Corridors for Future Transit Expansions
May 14, 2013

A long-term vision for the future of Prince George's County, spelled out by county planners in 2002, calls for nodes of concentrated residential and commercial development connected by high-quality, high-frequency transit service -- expanded Metrorail or new light rail or bus rapid transit.

A 2012 Transportation Planning Board study has moved the county a step closer to realizing its long-term goals by developing a framework for identifying travel corridors where expanded transit service would make the most sense -- in accommodating existing demand, connecting to existing or planned transit services elsewhere in the county or in neighboring jurisdictions, and in supporting the residential and commercial development patterns outlined in the County's long-term vision. more...

At Three-Day Workshop, Citizen Leaders Learn About Regional Transportation Decision-Making
May 7, 2013

Seven years ago, the Transportation Planning Board hosted its first Community Leadership Institute, or CLI, a workshop-style event designed to help current or emerging citizen leaders from around the Washington region learn about how transportation decisions are made and how to become more involved in the decision-making process. more...

April 2013

Long-Term "Aspirations" Scenario Could Bring More Travel Options, Relief From Growing Delay
April 30, 2013

Imagine a future in which travel options like transit, bicycling, and walking would be safer and more practical for more people in the region, and drivers would have the option to bypass congestion and enjoy more reliable travel times on many of the region's highways.

That's the predicted effect of the Transportation Planning Board's "CLRP Aspirations" scenario, an alternative long-term vision for the region calling for a comprehensive network of express toll lanes and bus rapid transit on many of the interstates and other major highways in the region and concentrating future housing and job growth near current or planned transit stations. more...

"Bike To Work Day" on May 17 to Promote Bicycle Commuting and Safety
April 23, 2013

On Friday, May 17, thousands of Washington area residents will take to roads, bicycle lanes, and shared-use paths to commute to work by bicycle in the region's thirteenth annual Bike to Work Day. more...

"Street Smart" Promoting Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety as Weather Warms and Days Grow Longer
April 16, 2013

Between now and mid-May, motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists throughout the region will hear and see reminders about how to stay safe and avoid traffic accidents as warmer spring weather and longer daylight hours bring more people out on foot and on bicycles. more...

New Funding Will Allow Wheelchair-Accessible Taxicab Pilot Program in the District to Continue
April 9, 2013

A pilot program implemented by the Transportation Planning Board to provide wheelchair-accessible taxicab service in the District of Columbia will continue now that District officials have committed a portion of the funding needed to keep the pilot going and to expand it by adding more ramp- and lift-equipped vehicles. more...

In-Depth Surveys Highlight Travel Patterns in Areas With Different Household Characteristics and Transportation Options
April 2, 2013

The results of a series of in-depth travel surveys released by the Transportation Planning Board in March highlight key differences in how people live and travel in higher-density areas with greater proximity to transit compared to those with lower densities and fewer travel options. more...

March 2013

Survey Finds Number of Local "Complete Streets" Policies in the Region Growing
March 26, 2013

Less than a year after the Transportation Planning Board adopted its regional policy endorsing "Complete Streets," most major jurisdictions in the region now have their own such policies in place aimed at providing adequate and safe access for all street users, according to a December 2012 survey of the TPB's member jurisdictions. more...

Online "Clearinghouse" Provides Access to Regional Traffic, Transit, and Growth Data
March 19, 2013

For decades the Transportation Planning Board has made the data and information it collects about the region's transportation system available to the public, including road traffic counts and transit ridership numbers. Now, the TPB is making much of that information available online so that local planners and decision-makers, developers, consultants, and anyone else can access it, after obtaining login information from the site administrator. more...

TLC Studies Focus on Making Areas Near Transit Safer, Easier to Use, and More Affordable
March 12, 2013

In 2012, the Transportation Planning Board funded three planning studies to look at ways to make commercial and residential areas near transit stations in the Washington region safer and easier to use, or to make those areas more affordable places to live. more...

Under MAP-21, a Portion of "Transportation Alternatives" Funding To Be Awarded Regionally
March 5, 2013

Starting this year, under a provision in the latest version of the federal law authorizing the flow of transportation dollars to states and localities in the region, the Transportation Planning Board will decide what projects receive a portion of funding intended for "alternatives to traditional highway construction." more...

February 2013

Projects in Annual Update to Region's Transportation Plan Advance, But With One Key Change in Response to Public Input
February 26, 2013

The annual process of updating the region's constrained long-range transportation plan, or CLRP, started last October when the Transportation Planning Board called on state, local, and regional transportation agencies to submit their proposed additions and changes.

Now, following a period of public comment on the package of 21 proposals that were submitted by the Virginia and District of Columbia departments of transportation, the TPB will continue the process of updating the plan by determining whether shifts in travel patterns that might happen because of the proposed changes will push future vehicle-related emissions above targets previously set by the region and approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. more...

TPB's Citizens Advisory Committee Celebrates 20 Years of Providing Citizen Input
February 19, 2013

On a December evening in 1992, a group of Washington area residents gathered for the first meeting of the Transportation Planning Board's Citizens Advisory Committee. more...

Region Ranked "Worst" For Congestion, But Options For Avoiding Traffic Are Expanding
February 12, 2013

For the fourth year in a row, the Washington region was named "worst in the country" in the Texas A&M Transportation Institute's annual ranking of metropolitan areas based on how much time they say drivers spend "stuck in traffic" each year during the morning and afternoon commutes. more...

TPB Urges State Leaders to Increase Funding for Transportation
February 5, 2013

In a December letter to state leaders, the Transportation Planning Board urged immediate action to increase funding for transportation in the Washington region, citing recent analysis showing that the transportation improvements currently planned through 2040 -- given existing revenue streams -- won't be enough to keep up with expected population and job growth in coming decades. more...

January 2013

More Travel Options, Greater Accountability Needed Before Public Would Support Congestion Pricing, Area Residents Say
January 29, 2013

In a recent study of public opinion regarding congestion pricing, the Transportation Planning Board found cautious receptivity to the idea of charging Washington area drivers new fees to use the region's roads as a way to manage worsening congestion and to pay for much-needed transportation improvements. more...

Proximity Matters Most in Choosing Which Airport to Use, Local Air Travelers Say
January 22, 2013

The majority of air travelers in the Washington region say that proximity to their hotel, place of business, or home matters most in choosing which of the region's three major airports to use, according to the results of a 2011 Transportation Planning Board air passenger survey. more...

Solo Driving to Account for Smaller Share of Commute Trips in 2040
January 15, 2013

Between now and 2040, the share of people who drive alone to and from work each day is expected to fall while the share of people who choose to carpool, bicycle, or walk to work will increase, according to the results of the Transportation Planning Board's latest travel forecasts. The share of people who take transit is expected to remain roughly the same. more...

Accuracy of Growth Forecasts Made 20 Years Ago Varied From Jurisdiction to Jurisdiction
January 8, 2013

When local planners gathered more than 20 years ago to forecast how many people would be living and working in the Washington region in 2010, they underestimated how much the population would swell and were optimistic when it came to how many new jobs there would be. more...

Holiday - No Report
January 1, 2013

December 2012

Holiday - No Report
December 25, 2012

Worsening Congestion Expected to Reduce Access to Jobs For Some, Not Others
December 18, 2012

A recent Transportation Planning Board analysis that shows worsening congestion on the region's roadways and transit systems through 2040 also predicts an overall decline in the average number of jobs that will be reasonably accessible by car, even as more than 1.1 million new jobs are forecast to be added in the region during the period. At the same time, the average number of jobs accessible within a 45-minute trip by transit is expected to grow. more...

Without Major Changes, Current Planning and Funding Trajectories Portend Worsening Congestion, Analysis Finds
December 11, 2012

Travelers in the Washington region will face considerably more roadway and transit congestion in coming decades if current planning and funding trajectories are allowed to continue. That's the main finding of a recent Transportation Planning Board analysis of how well the projects and programs in the region's long-range transportation plan will meet the increased demands brought on by anticipated population and job growth over the next three decades. more...

Citizen Leaders Gather to Learn About Regional Transportation Decision-Making
December 4, 2012

A group of current or emerging citizen leaders and other interested individuals from around the Washington region gathered recently to learn about how transportation decisions are made in the region and how to become more involved in the decision-making process. more...

November 2012

New Tools Would Help Visitors Find Alternative Ways to Access Region's National Park Sites
November 27, 2012

A new website and smartphone application to help visitors of the federally-owned cultural, historic, and recreational attractions in the Washington region find ways other than by car to get to those sites could become a reality if the Transportation Planning Board and the National Park Service receive a federal grant for which they jointly applied earlier this year. more...

Holiday - No Report
November 20, 2012

Household Travel Patterns Suggest Electric Vehicles Could Be Practical for Many Trips in Region
November 13, 2012

At 7.7 miles, the average length of a one-way trip by car in the Washington region is well within the range of a typical electric vehicle on a single battery charge, according to a recent Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments report assessing the region's readiness for more widespread use of electric vehicles. more...

"Street Smart" Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Campaign to Run Nov. 12 through Nov. 24
November 6, 2012

Many motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians whose evening commutes last week occurred in the daylight will for the next several months be commuting in the glare of the setting sun or after dark thanks to the end of Daylight Saving Time and the earlier sunsets that accompany both it and the start of winter.

The Transportation Planning Board's semi-annual "Street Smart" bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign -- set to launch next Monday, November 12, and run through the Thanksgiving holiday -- will use mass media to remind motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians of the region's traffic safety laws and how to stay safe in the darker conditions of the late fall and winter. more...

October 2012

TLC Studies to Begin in Nine Local Jurisdictions Around the Region
October 31, 2012

Nine studies aimed at promoting the integration of transportation and land-use planning at the local level will kick off around the Washington region in the coming weeks. The projects will be funded under the Transportation/Land-Use Connections Program, which was created by the Transportation Planning Board in 2006 to help local jurisdictions identify key improvements to help make the transportation system and development patterns support one another more effectively. more...

"Call for Projects" Kicks Off Annual Update to Region's Transportation Plan
October 23, 2012

It's time again for transportation agencies in the Washington region to identify new projects or programs to include in the region's constrained long-range transportation plan, or CLRP, which goes out to the year 2040, or in the six-year transportation improvement program, known as the TIP. more...

New Federal Ozone Standard Requires Emissions Forecasts for 2015
October 16, 2012

This fall, the Transportation Planning Board will forecast vehicle-related emissions of ozone-forming pollutants in the Washington region for the year 2015. The forecasts are required under a new, more stringent federal standard for ground-level ozone concentrations that was first proposed in 2008 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and finalized in May of this year. more...

TIGER Grant Helping to Build Region's First BRT Line
October 9, 2012

The region's first bus rapid transit line could be operating in Northern Virginia by early 2014 thanks in part to a federal TIGER grant received by the Transportation Planning Board two years ago. more...

Telework Continues to Gain Popularity as Technology Advances, Employers Grant More Flexibility
October 2, 2012

More than 600,000 people in the Washington region telework "at least occasionally" and another 500,000 say they "could and would" work remotely if given the opportunity, according to the results of a 2010 Transportation Planning Board survey of commuters' travel patterns. That's nearly half of the region's 2010 workforce of around 2.4 million people. more...

September 2012

Task Force to Ask: "Can 'Bus-on-Shoulder' Work in the Washington Region?"
September 25, 2012

More express and local transit buses that operate on the region's highways could eventually, in select locations and under certain traffic conditions, be allowed to use shoulders to bypass especially bad congestion in regular travel lanes if a new task force set up by the Transportation Planning Board finds that it would be safe, practical, and advantageous to do so. more...

Transportation Priorities Plan Needed to Make Region's Economy Stronger, More Competitive
September 18, 2012

A current Transportation Planning Board effort to identify the region's top transportation infrastructure needs and ways to pay for those improvements is, according to a report released last week by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, one of five key ways the Washington region can help make its economy stronger and more competitive. more...

New Study to Identify Near-Term Multimodal Access Improvements Needed to Support Development Near Rail Transit Stations
September 11, 2012

Making the most of the Washington region's existing transit system by promoting development near underutilized rail transit stations only makes sense, especially at a time when future funding for transportation is uncertain and significant expansions of the transit network are unlikely anytime soon. more...

New Federal Transportation Law Brings Changes, Opportunities for Region
September 5, 2012

Three years and eleven short-term extensions after the previous funding act expired, Congress in June passed a new law authorizing the expenditure of federal funds for transportation through September 2014. more...

August 2012

Detailed Traffic Information Helps Explain "Back-to-School" Jump in Travel Delays
August 28, 2012

This time next week, many travelers who use the region's freeways may be facing another significant "back-to-school" jump in congestion-related travel delays, following two months -- July and August -- that usually bring a temporary reduction in traffic back-ups in the Washington region. more...

Washington Region to Join World in Celebrating Car Free Day on Saturday, Sept. 22
August 21, 2012

Carpool to the game. Ride Metro to a museum. Bike or walk to the grocery store. Combine errands. These are just a few of the ways that organizers of the Washington area's 2012 Car Free Day -- scheduled for Saturday, September 22 -- say people can reduce or eliminate their use of private automobiles in celebration of the diversity of transportation modes available in the region. more...

Annual TPB Work Program Supports Regional Decision-Making
August 14, 2012

On July 1, the annual work program and budget for the Transportation Planning Board and its staff for the coming year went into effect detailing the TPB's ongoing role in meeting regional transportation planning requirements mandated by the federal government, serving as a regional forum for planners, policymakers, and decision-makers, and providing technical resources to aid transportation decision-making in the Washington region. more...

In Search for Legion Bridge Solutions, Officials Look to Details on Travel Patterns
August 7, 2012

Drivers wanting to cross the Potomac River between Fairfax and Montgomery Counties have only one option: the American Legion Bridge on the Capital Beltway. Opened to traffic for the first time in December 1962, the Legion Bridge today carries more than 232,000 cars and trucks a day -- 10% more than it did in 2000, and nearly four times more than it did in 1965. more...

July 2012

Study Identifies "Hot Spots" For Bus Delays, Makes Recommendations to Improve On-Time Performance
July 31, 2012

When buses encounter delay, riders are inconvenienced and transit agencies are left to pick up the added operational costs of being stuck in traffic. A recent study led by the Transportation Planning Board has, for the first time, identified the top corridors or intersections throughout the Washington region where buses encounter the greatest travel delay and has made specific recommendations for "priority treatment" improvements in six of the worst locations to speed buses and to improve on-time performance. more...

Updates to 30-Year Transportation Plan and Growth Forecasts Bring Region's Future Into Clearer Focus
July 24, 2012

As it adopted updates to the region's 30-year transportation plan during its most recent meeting on July 18, the Transportation Planning Board at the same time made official new regional forecasts of population and job growth that were compiled by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) earlier this year. Together, the long-range plan and the new growth forecasts make it easier to see what the Washington region will look like in 2040 under current trajectories of planning and funding. more...

Shifts in Daily Travel Patterns Result in Summertime Drop in Travel Delay
July 17, 2012

Travel delays on freeways in the Washington region dropped by 18% between June and July of last year thanks in largest part to changes in daily travel patterns that accompany the arrival of summer. more...

TLC Program Helps Connect Transportation and Land-Use at the Local Level
July 10, 2012

Imagine the consequences of unexpectedly getting your bicycle wheel stuck in a new streetcar track. Or try to picture just how much water runs off into nearby streams after a heavy rain on an urban street with almost no natural landscaping in sight. And what happens when industrial land uses aren't near transportation infrastructure that can carry high-volume freight shipments? These planning challenges were the subject of three studies funded in 2011 by the Transportation Planning Board under the Transportation/ Land-Use Connections (TLC) Program. more...

Economic Downturn Slows Anticipated Growth in Driving Through 2020, but Pushes Up Forecasts of Vehicle-Related Emissions
July 3, 2012

Despite forecasts of slower-than-expected growth in population, employment, and driving in the Washington region through 2020 because of the economic downturn of the last few years, vehicle-related emissions of harmful pollutants could still be as much as 16% higher in 2020 than previously expected because economic conditions have also slowed the rate at which consumers are replacing older vehicles with newer models that have significantly lower emissions. more...

June 2012

Transportation Improvement Program Lays Out Six-Year, $16 Billion Spending Plan for Region
June 26, 2012

Nearly $16 billion in combined federal, state, local, and private dollars is anticipated to be spent on transportation projects in the Washington region over the next six years, according to the Transportation Planning Board, which on June 14 released for public comment a draft of the latest update to the region's six-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). more...

Travel Training Helps People With Mobility Challenges Use Region's Transit Network
June 19, 2012

Using grants awarded by the Transportation Planning Board, three agencies and organizations in the Washington region are making it easier for more than 1,000 people with mobility challenges to use the region's public transit network by providing one-on-one or group "travel training" to help them use the system safely and effectively on their own. more...

Reaching Region's Airports by Car Takes Longer Today Than It Did Eight Years Ago, Study Finds
June 12, 2012

Getting to any one of the Washington region's three major airports by car took longer in 2011 than it did in 2003 for travelers in many parts of the region, according to the results of a study recently released by the Transportation Planning Board. From most of the residential or commercial centers that the TPB studied, one-way travel times to the airport by highway during the evening rush hour went up, in one case nearly doubling. more...

In-Depth Travel Surveys Provide Baseline for Assessing Impacts of Major Transportation Improvements
June 5, 2012

New information gathered from in-depth surveys of household travel behavior in ten strategically chosen areas around the Washington region will help planners and officials better understand neighborhood-level travel patterns and aid in assessing the impacts of major transportation improvements in the region. more...

May 2012

In-Depth Surveys Provide New Understanding of Neighborhood-Level Travel Patterns in Region
May 29, 2012

In-depth surveys of household travel behavior conducted by the Transportation Planning Board in ten strategically-chosen areas around the Washington region will help planners and local officials better understand neighborhood-level travel patterns in ways that no other existing survey can. The results will inform efforts by local jurisdictions to plan for future growth and to identify strategies for meeting future transportation needs. more...

Regional "Complete Streets" Policy Aims to Make Roadways Safer, Friendlier for All Users
May 22, 2012

The elected officials and transportation agency representatives who sit on the Transportation Planning Board agree: designing, building, and operating streets that enable safe access for all users and potential users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of diverse ages and abilities, should be a goal of every local jurisdiction and transportation agency in the Washington region. more...

Planning a High-Density, Transit-Oriented Future for Waldorf, Maryland
May 15, 2012

When high-capacity transit comes to downtown Waldorf, Maryland -- as the Maryland Transit Administration has been discussing for several years -- local planners want the site to be ready to handle the new development that they hope will accompany it.

A 2010 study funded under the Transportation Planning Board's Transportation/ Land-Use Connections (TLC) program identified the key transportation infrastructure improvements that will be necessary to support high-density, transit-oriented development in the area and it recommended strategies for how Charles County, where Waldorf is located, might pay for such improvements. more...

Changes to How Metro is Governed Informed by Extensive Review of Other Transit Agencies
May 8, 2012

An extensive research effort by the Transportation Planning Board and other groups in the Washington region over the past two years has informed a series of actions by area jurisdictions and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) that change how the transit system is governed. more...

"Reach-a-Ride" Making It Easier to Find Specialized Transportation Services in the Washington Region
May 1, 2012

Getting to work, to school, to medical appointments, and to countless other destinations in metropolitan Washington can be a challenge for people with disabilities, those with limited English proficiency, workers with low incomes, and for senior citizens who have limited mobility. A new website and call center launched in late 2011 by the Transportation Planning Board offers individuals with specialized transportation needs a new and easier way to find the transportation they require and to find providers that serve their area. more...

April 2012

Bike to Work Day in the Washington Region on May 18 Aiming to Draw 12,500 Participants
April 24, 2012

On Friday, May 18, the region's twelfth annual Bike to Work Day will take place to promote bicycling as a viable transportation alternative for Washington area commuters. Nearly 12,500 people are expected to participate, and 58 "pit stops" will be set up throughout the region to welcome cyclists and help celebrate the day's events. more...

Slowdown in Vehicle Replacement Could Negatively Impact Region's Air Quality
April 17, 2012

The average age of all the cars and trucks on Washington area roadways is on the rise, according to a 2011 Transportation Planning Board study of vehicle registration information from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The trend suggests that residents and businesses in the region are waiting longer to replace aging vehicles, which could have a negative impact on air quality as the rate at which newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles hit the road slows down. more...

Two-Day Workshop Empowers Community Leaders to Connect Local Interests With Regional Decision-Making
April 10, 2012

Twenty community leaders from around the Washington region recently attended a two-day workshop hosted by the Transportation Planning Board to learn about how transportation decisions are made in the region and how to become more involved in the decision-making process. more...

"Street Smart" Campaign to Promote Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Will Run Until Apr. 14
April 3, 2012

A campaign to raise awareness of bicycle and pedestrian safety laws is currently underway in the Washington region and will run until April 14. more...

March 2012

Freight Group Highlights Ten Key Transportation Improvements Needed to Enhance Goods Movement in the Region
March 27, 2012

Nine major highway and rail improvements throughout metropolitan Washington and one ongoing program to facilitate better curbside commercial loading in the District of Columbia make up a list of ten key freight-related transportation improvements that are needed to better accommodate increasing truck and freight rail traffic in the region. more...

Major Updates Made to Tools Used in Forecasting Region's Future Travel Patterns
March 20, 2012

Recent updates to the tools used by the Transportation Planning Board to forecast future travel patterns in metropolitan Washington will provide more accurate predictions of where, when, and how the millions of current and future residents of the region will travel in coming decades. more...

Rising Gas Prices Send More Washington Area Drivers in Search of Commuting Alternatives
March 13, 2012

When prices at the gas pump are on the rise, more Washington area commuters turn to the region's Commuter Connections program in search of information about joining carpools or vanpools or finding other ways to save money on their monthly commuting costs. more...

One Year After Jan. 26, 2011, Snow Event, Transportation Coordination and Preparedness Have Been Strengthened
March 6, 2012

A year after the late-afternoon snowfall of January 26, 2011, brought traffic on the region's roadways to a standstill during the evening commute and left thousands of homes and businesses without power, the Transportation Planning Board is supporting ongoing regional actions that have already strengthened coordination and preparedness protocols for such disruptive events. more...

February 2012

Study Initiated to Assess Availability of Affordable Housing Around Ten Existing and Planned Transit Stations in Region
February 28, 2012

A study recently initiated in Prince George's County, the District of Columbia, and the City of Alexandria will assess the availability of affordable housing options near ten existing or planned transit stations where future development could cause home prices and rents to escalate. more...

Region Seeks Federal TIGER Funding for Access Improvements at 16 Rail Stations
February 21, 2012

On March 19, the Transportation Planning Board will apply for $20 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation to make a number of high-impact bicycle and pedestrian access improvements around 16 Metrorail and commuter rail stations in the Washington region. more...

Wheelchair-Accessible Taxicab Pilot Project in D.C. Gets Good Reviews After First Two Years
February 14, 2012

Since it began two years ago, the Transportation Planning Board's wheelchair-accessible taxicab pilot program--"rollDC"--has seen an eight-fold increase in the number of trips provided to users of mobility devices living in or visiting the District of Columbia. In a 2011 customer satisfaction survey, 81% of respondents rated their most recent "rollDC" trip either "very good" or "excellent," and nine in ten first-time users said they planned to use the service again in the future. more...

Toll Lanes, Bus Rapid Transit, and Concentrated Growth Combined in Regional "Aspirations" Scenario
February 7, 2012

An alternative vision for the future of the region's transportation system being studied by the Transportation Planning Board would give travelers new options for avoiding traffic back-ups, slow expected growth in congestion and travel delay at peak hours, and provide new revenue for much-needed improvements in high-demand travel corridors. more...

January 2012

Aerial Survey of Region's Freeways Shows Congestion Relief in a Few Locations, But Worsening Conditions Overall
January 31, 2012

Between 2008 and 2011, the number of lane-miles of freeway in the Washington region with moderate or severe congestion during peak traffic periods increased by 31%, according to a recent aerial traffic survey by the Transportation Planning Board. more...

Indexing Gas Taxes to Inflation Holds Greatest Promise for Raising Transportation Revenue in Short-Term, Study Concludes
January 24, 2012

Indexing gas taxes to inflation would be the easiest way to secure more adequate funding for the maintenance and expansion of the region's transportation system in the short-term, according to a study prepared for the TPB. But the study adds that, in the long-run, transportation funding should be tied to how much drivers use the roads, not to how much gasoline they buy. more...

Tight Funding Crimps Region's Long-Range Plans for Transportation
January 17, 2012

In the most recent major update to the region's long-range plan for transportation, a number of significant projects to improve the region's transportation system were delayed and others removed altogether in light of updated estimates of how much money will be available for transportation through 2040. more...


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