The Region's number of Ozone-heavy days has dropped significantly since 1997 with the second straight year of zero Code Red days.

Environment, Transportation

Concerted Action Leads to Major Improvements in Region's Air Quality

October 15, 2014 | Tags: Air Quality Conformity Analysis, CLRP, CLRP2014, Code Red, exceedance, NOx VOC, ozone, reduced emissions

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The Yardstick


Latest Performance Analysis Details Region’s Transportation Future Under 2014 CLRP

An analysis of the latest proposed update of the region’s Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP) details how well the future transportation system laid out in the plan is expected to meet the needs of area travelers in 2040. The Performance Analysis of the draft 2014 CLRP predicts some 4 million more trips each day in the region […]

Climate & Energy, Environment

Building a Climate Resilient National Capital Region

As the UN Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany gears up this month, the National Capital Region is working on climate change locally. Over the past year, federal, regional, and local agencies have been putting their heads together to tackle one of the region’s biggest challenges: how to prepare for the climate change that is already […]


2014 CLRP Maps Hundreds of Highway and Transit Improvements Planned Through 2040

More than 300 regionally significant improvements to the Washington region’s highway and transit system through 2040 are detailed in the final draft of this year’s update of the Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP), available for public comment through October 11. In all, the draft plan spells out some $42 billion in capital improvements that add nearly […]

Climate & Energy, Environment

Chesapeake Bay Policy and Water Resources Policy Committee Members Visit Blue Plains Plant

Whether it’s used water from a sink, a toilet, dishwasher or washing machine, every day, 24-hours a day and 365 days a year that “dirty” water is treated at wastewater plants throughout the metropolitan Washington region.  For a great portion of this region, almost half of of that  wastewater is treated at the Blue Plains […]

Public Safety

9-1-1 Communications Infrastructure Essential to Safety of Region

The ability to reach emergency first responders is vital to saving lives, but in most areas of the country services like 9-1-1 calls still use outdated technologies.Upgraded emergency-communications infrastructure will be vital not only to keeping our region functioning on a daily basis, but to avoiding the problems caused when 9-1-1 communications have failed in […]