Transportation & Land Use Coordination

Through better coordination and planning, the transportation system and development patterns can support one another more effectively and help metropolitan Washington accommodate significant growth and continue to prosper. Both COG's Region Forward Vision and the TPB Vision recognize this important relationship and made transportation and land use coordination regional goals. 

One way that COG and the TPB coordinates is through the Cooperative Forecasting Program, which enables local and regional planning to be coordinated by using common assumptions about future growth and development based on various data, such as adopted land-use plans and planned transportation improvements. The COG forecasts are used extensively by the TPB in modeling travel demand and emissions.

Another focus area of COG and the TPB has been Activity Centers, the region's major housing and job centers. COG and the TPB have analyzed growth in Activity Centers and proposed strategies to help inform area leaders making transportation and development decisions. Strengthening these centers, including the regional core, and connecting them with good transportation options allows the region to grow and use land more wisely, bolsters the economy, and creates numerous opportunities to move people and goods more efficiently.

While the region is already nationally known for successes in concentrating mixed-use development in Activity Centers, especially those served by transit, challenges still remain. Through the Transportation/Land-Use Connections (TLC) Program, the TPB helps local jurisdictions address community-level issues by providing both direct technical assistance and information about best practices and model projects through the TLC Clearinghouse.

The TPB has also performed several studies to explore alternative land use and transportation scenarios for the region’s future. 


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    Heart of COG: Lamont Cobb

    February 28, 2017

    Just three years into his transportation planning career at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), Lamont Cobb is already making an impact...

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    COG report: region's 'human capital' is a key driver of economic growth

    February 8, 2017

    The future economic prosperity of metropolitan Washington will rely on the region’s investment in its residents and their collective knowledge, skills,...

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    How TLC helped jumpstart a trail project in Prince George's County

    February 7, 2017

    Prince George’s County wanted to build a new walking and biking trail in the busy Central Avenue corridor. The TPB’s Transportation/Land-Use Connections (TLC)...

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    Changes are coming to the way the TPB analyzes transportation equity

    January 25, 2017

    TPB planners are working on a new approach to analyzing the region’s long-range transportation plan to satisfy long-standing federal Title VI requirements and...

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    Regional group proposes recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    January 18, 2017

    A Multi-Sector Working Group (MSWG) of subject matter experts from local governments and regional and state transportation, planning, and environmental agencies...

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    Tony Costa and GSA's FedScape team receive COG Regional Partnership Award

    December 14, 2016

    COG honored Tony Costa, the Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and GSA’s FedScape team for their work...

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    TLC PeerX: How local planners are filling gaps in the region's bike network

    November 22, 2016

    Planners from across the region will soon gather to share innovative bicycle and pedestrian planning ideas and experiences learned through technical assistance...

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    TLC sets the stage for new local projects

    June 7, 2016

    What do a redesigned New Hampshire Avenue with bike and bus lanes in Takoma Park, a spruced-up 19th Street NW with a raingarden and benches in the District of...

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