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. 


News & Multimedia

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    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),...

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    ULI-COG Seek TAP Program Participants to Strengthen Area Activity Centers

    January 28, 2015

    The Urban Land Institute-Washington and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments are encouraging local governments to apply for a new round of Technical...

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    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...

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    Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton

    November 26, 2014

    Metropolitan Washington is home to Activity Centers and engaged local leaders. Hear Rockville, Maryland Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton speak about the vibrancy of...

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    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...

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    Time-lapse Through Activity Centers

    September 4, 2014

    To best accommodate future growth take advantage of our transportation infrastructure protect our environment and bolster our economy metropolitan Washington...

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    Metroway Bringing BRT to the Region

    August 27, 2014

    For the first time in our region an international best practice for public transportation has hit the ground in the City of Alexandria and Arlington County: bus...

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    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...

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