Transportation

Roads & Transit

The region's extensive highway and road network forms the backbone of its transportation system. Every day, millions of people travel by car or truck to access jobs, schools, and medical care, as well as shopping, entertainment, and recreational opportunities. Roads also carry the majority of goods deliveries to homes, schools, businesses, and stores in the region.

The region also boasts one of the premier public transit systems in the country. Metro moves hundreds of thousands of people—commuters, students, and tourists—each work day. Commuter railroads in Maryland and Virginia and dozens of local bus and other transit providers move many thousands more. Together, these transit services play a critical role in sustaining economic vitality, serving the needs of low-income and other disadvantaged populations, providing high-quality alternatives to driving, building communities, and reducing environmental impacts.

COG and the TPB lead numerous efforts to monitor and manage traffic on area roadways, promote highway and traffic safety, forecast future travel demands, and coordinate long-term planning of roadway improvements. In addition, COG and the TPB analyze regional ridership trends and forecasts, coordinate long-term planning of major transit improvements, and organize programs to promote greater use of transit as a commute alternative. COG and the TPB also bring transit operators together from around the region to share best practices for improving short-term operations and to highlight long-term funding needs.

News & Multimedia

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    President Trump gives approval to Metrorail Safety Commission

    September 6, 2017

    D.C., Maryland, and Virginia have already enacted laws to create the commission and are now working together to stand up the commission, which will assume...

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    Heart of COG: Alieu Turay

    September 5, 2017

    As a Contracts and Purchasing Specialist at COG, Alieu Turay helps recruit and select the most qualified firms to make sure that COG and its members receive the...

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    RECAP: At its June meeting, the TPB endorsed COG's Metro principles

    June 27, 2017

    At its June meeting, the Transportation Planning Board endorsed COG’s Statement of Principles on Metro expressing support for the system and for Metro General...

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    Area employers recognized for innovative and sustainable commuter programs

    June 22, 2017

    The Annual Employer Recognition Awards, hosted by COG's Commuter Connections program, celebrated three area companies at the National Press Club, marking the...

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    COG Board adopts principles to guide work to help restore the Metro system

    June 14, 2017

    The principles will guide the work of a COG Metro Strategy Group of elected officials, who are focused on securing funding to meet the system’s capital needs.

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    LaHood, business leaders discuss Metro at COG Board meeting

    May 16, 2017

    Members of the COG Board of Directors talked about efforts to help restore Metro to a world-class transit system with former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray...

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    How the region will start using data to better maintain its transit systems

    April 25, 2017

    Funding to maintain transit has been a hot topic recently. As a region, substantial amounts of money are spent on maintaining transit systems. Just like...

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