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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    COG Chairman Roger Berliner Expresses Strong Support for Metro Repair Plan

    May 6, 2016

    In the wake of WMATA General Manager’s release of his draft plan to address Metro safety and reliability issues, COG Board Chairman Roger Berliner offered his...

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    At regional summit, leaders discuss Metro's future

    April 12, 2016

    In honor of Metro’s 40th anniversary, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and the Greater Washington Board of Trade recently brought...

  • William Euille

    Chairman Highlights Major Regional Efforts in 2015

    December 16, 2015

    COG Board Chairman William Euille's remarks at the 2015 Annual Meeting.

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    FTA Acting Administrator Briefs Area Officials on Safety Oversight of Metro

    November 17, 2015

    In addition to pointing out FTA’s oversight activities, McMillan also noted COG’s role in supporting Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, to...

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    Metrorail Communications Study Calls for New Equipment, Coordination

    October 22, 2015

    A new study of underground communications networks used by Metrorail recommends a long, system-wide to-do list, but also notes that important safety upgrades...

  • Barbara Comstock

    Congresswoman Comstock Talks Transportation, Economy at COG Board Meeting

    October 20, 2015

    In October, U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock (VA-10) briefed the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors on her vision for...

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    Metro Steers Toward Sustainable Transportation

    September 2, 2015

    Metro, in partnership with Complete Coach Works (CCW), and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), hosted a demonstration on August 24 of a...

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