Commuter Connections Marks 40 Years Serving the Washington Region

The effects of the October 1973 oil embargo hit Washington area commuters hard. Gas prices topped 50 cents a gallon for the first time ever. Long lines formed at gas stations as fuel supplies dwindled. Getting to and from work by car suddenly became much more expensive — in some cases, prohibitively so. Seeking short-term […]

July 31, 2014 | Tags: bicycling, air quality, Commuter Connections See More Tags Car Free Day, telework, Bike to Work Day, van pool, Commuter Club, design responsive site, ridesharing

The Silver Line is open! Now how can area leaders best shape the communities along the corridor?

So with the Silver Line up-and-running, and the second phase to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County scheduled to open in 2018, what will this mean for the different business and residential hubs, a.k.a. Activity Centers, along the corridor like Tysons, Reston, and Herndon? And what are the strategic investments area leaders should consider making around […]

July 30, 2014 | Tags: activity centers, Place + Opportunity, Silver Line See More Tags Tysons, Reston

Affordable Housing: Groundbreaking Study Informs Local Policymakers and Philanthropy about Regional Needs

The Community Foundation of the National Capital Region released a study on July 15 that for the first time, examines affordable housing needs from homelessness to homeownership in the Washington area. The Community Foundation, with generous support from The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, commissioned the Urban Institute and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to […]

July 30, 2014 | Tags: affordable housing, homelessness, home ownership See More Tags Urban Institute, rental housing, Cafritz Foundation, Community Foundation

Area Officials Focus on Housing, Employment Challenges for Lower Income Residents

Despite being one of the most prosperous regions in the nation, major economic disparities can be found throughout metropolitan Washington. For example, finding affordable housing or quality-work are significant challenges for lower income residents. To learn more about these issues and ensure all residents are included in the region’s prosperity, the Region Forward Coalition gathered […]

July 29, 2014 | Tags: economy, housing, affordable housing See More Tags Region Forward Coalition, workforce development

Officials Highlight Metropolitan Washington’s Highway and Bridge Maintenance Needs

In July as part of its 2014 series, the COG Board of Directors focused on infrastructure that is critical to metropolitan Washington’s mobility, safety, and prosperity—our highways and bridges. Experts and officials gave an overview of our expansive roadway network and its current condition as well as the funding needed to maintain it at a […]

July 24, 2014 | Tags: infrastructure, highways, maintenance See More Tags highway trust fund, bridges

With DC Region as a Backdrop, President Calls for Highway Trust Fund Reauthorization

Just a few days before the Fourth of July, President Obama stood in front of Washington’s Francis Scott Key Bridge and called on Congress to demonstrate “economic patriotism” by reauthorizing the federal Highway Trust Fund that helps states build and repair the nation’s roads and bridges. Without congressional action in the next several weeks, the […]

July 8, 2014 | Tags: infrastructure, Patrick Wojahn, maintenance See More Tags highway trust fund, bridges, highway

Q&A: Phil Mendelson, Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia

Phil Mendelson was first elected to the Council of the District of Columbia in November of 1998 as an At-Large Councilmember. He served the District in that role until June 2012 when, following the departure of the previous Council Chairman, he was selected by his colleagues to take over that role. In November 2012, District […]

June 26, 2014 | Tags: transportation, economy, regionalism See More Tags infrastructure, air quality, Phil Mendelson, minimum wage

Water Infrastructure Investments Key to Region’s Water Quality Goals, Health, and Prosperity

During a discussion at the June Council of Governments Board of Directors meeting, experts and officials reviewed how investments in the region’s wastewater and stormwater infrastructure have produced significant environmental improvements, such as increasing populations of some aquatic plants and animals and fewer harmful algal blooms in the tidal Potomac below Chain Bridge. They also […]

June 26, 2014 | Tags: infrastructure, EPA, stormwater See More Tags funding, wastewater, green infrastructure

TLC Webinar Highlights Surburban Approaches to Transportation Demand Management

The City of Falls Church wants to capitalize on its proximity to Metro by attracting more residential and commercial development along Washington Street, one of the city’s two main commercial corridors. But much of the thoroughfare lies beyond the quarter-mile radius from transit that planners traditionally consider optimal for encouraging transit-oriented development. In 2012, the […]

June 24, 2014 | Tags: Virginia, VA, Falls Church See More Tags TLC, webinar series, TDM, Regional Peer Exchange Network, suburban mobility, City of Falls Church

“Big Data” Unlock Possibilities for Better Understanding Congestion on Area Roadways

The Transportation Planning Board is taking advantage of the growing availability of real-time data on traffic conditions to better understand congestion on Washington area roadways. In its most recent quarterly analysis, the TPB found good news for drivers and other road users over the past few years: a 40% decline in average congestion-related delay between 2010 […]

June 11, 2014 | Tags: ICC, traffic monitoring, intelligent transportation systems See More Tags big data, google maps

TPB to Congress: Protect the Highway Trust Fund From Insolvency, Now and Into the Future

The Transportation Planning Board recently urged the United States Congress to act immediately to replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund and to secure more reliable, long-term sources of revenue to support ongoing transportation investments into the future. Federal officials anticipate that the fund, from which nearly all federal aid for road and transit projects flows, […]

June 5, 2014 | Tags: jobs, highway trust fund, Congress See More Tags insolvency, funding gaps, appropriations

Energy Talk Focuses on Future of Newer Infrastructure, Greater Reliability and Efficiency

Area leaders turned their attention to energy for the next installment of COG’s 2014 Regional Infrastructure Series. During the May Board meeting, utility officials and experts led a wide-ranging discussion on more than $5.5 billion in investments over the next five years to replace and upgrade aging natural gas pipes and electric power lines as […]

May 29, 2014 | Tags: energy, climate, renewable energy See More Tags sustainable energy, nuclear energy, energy efficiency, coal, electricity, natural gas

Q&A: Patrick Wojahn, College Park Councilmember

Patrick Wojahn serves College Park, Maryland as a City Councilmember. He also currently serves as the Chairman of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at COG. Wojahn, an attorney and civil rights advocate, is Director of Government Relations at Rails-To-Trails Conservancy. Previously, he advocated for the rights of people with disabilities at a national […]

May 29, 2014 | Tags: TPB, Metro, RTPP See More Tags Patrick Wojahn, TOD, College Park

Nonprofits Commit to Strategies to Achieve Social Service Goals

At a packed annual meeting this week, members and supporters of The Nonprofit Roundtable (an early ally of our Region Forward Vision) gave strong support to the idea that their work must be more effectively…

May 22, 2014 | Tags: Chuck Bean, philanthropy, Nonprofit Roundtable See More Tags nonprofit, human services

In Addition to Revealing Regional Uptick, Report Highlights Strategies & Programs Preventing Homelessness

The Council of Governments’ recently released report, Homelessness in Metropolitan Washington, found that on January 29, 2014, there were 11,946 homeless people living in the Metropolitan Washington region – a 3.5 percent increase from 2013. The report attributes the regional uptick primarily to the increase in homeless persons in the District of Columbia, which has […]

May 21, 2014 | Tags: affordable housing, Montgomery County, Fairfax County See More Tags homelessness, Arlington County, rapid rehousing, 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness