The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) is seeking public input for Visualize 2045, a new long-range transportation plan for metropolitan Washington. The input will help elected leaders and regional planners better understand public attitudes and opinion as they make decisions about the region’s transportation future.
The main way for people to share their input is via an interactive, online survey, which went live this week. The survey asks respondents about their travel patterns, how key transportation issues affect them, and their ideas for improving the region’s transportation future.
“The Visualize 2045 survey gives the public the opportunity to weigh in on the issues that most affect their travel and what could make their experience better,” said TPB Chairman Bridget Donnell Newton. “We will share the results from this survey with city and county leaders as well as state transportation agencies and regional planners as they make decisions about which projects to plan and fund in their respective jurisdictions.”
Visualize 2045 is a new kind of long-range transportation plan for the National Capital Region. It will include projects and improvements for which funding is expected to be available between now and 2045, as well as those for which funding has not yet been identified. This will help decision makers better understand the universe of potential projects and how they would affect the region’s transportation future if built.
In all, Visualize 2045 will highlight more than 1,000 regional road and transit projects, hundreds of bicycle and pedestrian projects, and land-use issues facing the region. Under longstanding federal law, projects seeking to receive federal funding or approval must be included in the “funded” portion of the plan.
The Visualize 2045 survey will be available through July 31. Later this year, the TPB will hold a series of workshops and community events to learn more about people’s opinions and their ideas for the future. In late 2018, all input will be published as part of the final Visualize 2045 plan.
For more information, to sign up for email updates, or to take the survey, visit visualize2045.org. Stay updated and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #VIZ2045.