Washington, DC— At its monthly meeting, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) approved funding for eight technical assistance projects totaling $420,000, through the Transportation Land-Use Connections Program
(TLC) – a TPB program that helps local jurisdictions integrate land-use and transportation planning at the community level.
Of the eight design and planning projects approved by the TPB, one is from the District of Columbia, four are from Maryland, and three are from Virginia. In DC, the TPB approved a study to improve walkability around the least walkable Metrorail stations.
In Maryland, the approved projects include a prototype design for new Montgomery County Bus Rapid Transit stations, a study to improve mobility and accessibility for seniors in the City of Greenbelt, a design to convert turn lanes on the Golden Mile in the City of Frederick to bus only lanes, and a design for a proposed protected bike lane in the City of Takoma Park.
In Virginia, the approved projects include a study to enhance multimodal connectivity and access near two planned VRE stations in Prince William County, a study to address multimodal connections around the West Falls Church Metrorail station, and a design to revitalize the Mathis Avenue corridor in the City of Manassas with intersection and street improvements.
“These projects were approved by the TPB for their ability to address a range of transportation planning and land-use issues in the region and to make communities more walkable, bikeable, and transit friendly for residents and commuters,” said COG Transportation Planner Lamont Cobb.
The solicitation for projects occurred from February 1 to April 1, 2016. Projects were reviewed by a selection panel consisting of local transportation officials and experts. Nearly 100 technical assistance projects have been funded through the TLC program since it started in 2007.