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Regional Infrastructure

COG’s officials believe that long-term commitment to capital investment and maintenance of infrastructure is vital to achieving the Region Forward Vision for a more prosperous, accessible, livable, and sustainable future. In 2014, the COG Board held a series on regional infrastructure focused on its main areas of expertise, such as transportation, water, energy, and public safety communications.

Following the series, COG's 2015 State of the Region: Infrastructure Report conservatively estimated a $58 billion funding gap between the region’s resources and what is needed to develop infrastructure assets to insure they will serve the region through much of this century.The report found that transportation systems will be the most expensive to improve. The study estimated upgrading area roads and bridges, transit systems, and airports will cost about $24.5 billion over the next 10 to 15 years.  Upgrading old water and sewer mains and new state-of-the art stormwater management systems are likely to carry a $20 billion price tag.  Private utilities expect to spend $5 billion over five years to modernize the grids and pipelines that deliver energy to our homes and communities.  And the cost of maintaining public buildings is expected to cost another $9.5 billion. In addition to identifying funding gaps, the report also outlined policy, advocacy, and outreach actions.

News & Multimedia

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    Q&A: Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice

    April 6, 2016

    Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice serves as Chairman of COG’s Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee. We sat down with Chairman Rice to...

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    Stephen Walz Discusses Infrastructure on The Kojo Nnamdi Show

    June 4, 2015

    COG Director of Environmental Programs Stephen Walz joined WAMU's Martin Di Caro and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Robert Puentes on WAMU's The Kojo...

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    COG Infrastructure Report Featured in Governing

    April 8, 2015

    In a column on "Why a Regional View of Infrastructure Is Crucial" written for Governing, Bob Graves featured COG's State of the Region: Infrastructure Report.

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    Infrastructure Report Garners Additional Media Coverage

    January 26, 2015

    The 2015 State of the Region: Infrastructure Report was featured in a Capital Business commentary by COG Executive Director Chuck Bean. In addition, a panel of...

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    COG Report Details Regional Infrastructure Needs

    January 15, 2015

    2015 State of the Region: Infrastructure Report covers transportation, water, energy, public buildings, and public safety communications systems. Throughout...