Electrofishing with the Washington Post’s John Kelly

The Council of Governments has departments which range in practice from transportation planning to regional foster care support.  Fish monitoring is an interesting (and until now) lesser-known project of our .. Keep Reading

April 24, 2014 | Tags: Washington Post, John Kelly, electrofishing See More Tags Department of Environmental Programs

New Amtrak Switcher Latest Project to Further Clean D.C. Region’s Air

When people think about things that add to air pollution, power plants and large vehicles they see on the road may come to mind first. But off the road, and .. Keep Reading

April 24, 2014 | Tags: emissions, air quality, EPA See More Tags Amtrak, Phil Mendelson, diesel emissions

Q&A: Kim Dine, Police Chief, U.S. Capitol Police

Chief of Police Kim C. Dine has over 37 years of distinguished service in the field of law enforcement—with his most recent appointment occurring in December 2012 as the eighth .. Keep Reading

April 24, 2014 | Tags: mutual aid, Metropolitan Police Department, MPD See More Tags Police Chief Kim Dine, Kim Dine, Capitol Police, COG Police Chiefs Committee, Frederick PD, 9/11

Annual “Bike to Work Day” Coming Up Friday, May 16

The Washington region’s annual Bike to Work Day is coming up Friday, May 16, and organizers are hoping to get as many as 17,000 commuters to register to bicycle to .. Keep Reading

April 23, 2014 | Tags: Commuter Connections, Transportation Planning Board, Bike to Work Day See More Tags Patrick Wojahn, bike safety, WABA

Federal “Transportation Alternatives” Dollars Helping to Advance Regional Priorities

For the second year in a row, the Transportation Planning Board will select a number of local capital improvement projects throughout the Washington region to receive funding under the federal .. Keep Reading

April 17, 2014 | Tags: TPB, RTPP, Map-21 See More Tags transportation alternatives, Safe Routes to School

Officials Launch Series with Discussion on Water Infrastructure

Water, specifically metropolitan Washington’s drinking water system, was the focus of the Council of Governments’ first in-depth discussion on regional infrastructure in 2014. As Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Vice .. Keep Reading

April 15, 2014 | Tags: water, water quality, potomac river See More Tags emergency preparedness, West Virginia Spill, wastewater treatment, DC Water, water infrastructure

Spring “Street Smart” Campaign to Kick Off Apr. 17 in Woodbridge, VA

Warmer weather and longer days bring more Washington area residents out on foot and bicycles, whether for their daily commute, to run errands, or for exercise or recreation.

When that .. Keep Reading

April 11, 2014 | Tags: Virginia, safety, Street Smart See More Tags Woodbridge, Street Smart Campaign!, bestreetsmart.net, tired faces

Patrick Wojahn: When it comes to regional transportation, there is no either/or

This op-ed by Patrick Wojahn appears in the April 4, 2014 issue of theWashington Business Journal

Few would disagree with the premise that human progress of all sorts can .. Keep Reading

April 8, 2014 | Tags: MD, Patrick Wojahn, National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board See More Tags Washington Business Journal, College Park, Op Ed

Planned Commuter Rail Investments Align With Identified Regional Priorities

Both Maryland and Virginia have announced updated plans to keep their respective commuter rail systems in a state of good repair and to expand capacity on existing routes to serve .. Keep Reading

April 4, 2014 | Tags: RTPP, VRE, MARC See More Tags CLRP, Commuter Rail

Solar Powering Your Community

If the metropolitan Washington region were to get 5 percent of its electricity from solar, it would reduce carbon emissions the equivalent of taking 789,000 cars off the road, and .. Keep Reading

April 2, 2014 | Tags: solar, U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge, sun shot See More Tags Solar Ready II, department of energy

Staff of Local Elected Officials Participate in Two-Day Community Leadership Institute

On March 13 and March 19, the Transportation Planning Board welcomed more than a dozen staff of local elected officials from across the region to the latest session of the .. Keep Reading

March 31, 2014 | Tags: planning staff, regional planning issues, experiential learning See More Tags community leaderhship institute, CLI, charette

Leaders Get to Work Strengthening Purple Line Communities

“The Purple Line is going to be built,” pronounced Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett to a room of over 250 locally elected, civic, and community leaders gathered at a workshop .. Keep Reading

March 27, 2014 | Tags: activity centers, Prince George's County, Montgomery County See More Tags Takoma Park, silver spring, Purple Line, University of Maryland, PLCC, Bethesda, Langley Park, New Carrolton

11 Major Projects Submitted for Inclusion in 2014 CLRP Update

Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia have submitted 11 major projects to be included in this year’s update to the region’s Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan, known as the CLRP… Keep Reading

March 21, 2014 | Tags: TPB, infrastructure, VRE See More Tags highways, CLRP, MARC, Capital Beltway, streetcars

New Publication Highlights Regional Strategies to End Homelessness

In one of the country’s most competitive and high cost housing markets, it is essential that local government play a role in ending homelessness on the local and regional level. .. Keep Reading

March 20, 2014 | Tags: affordable housing, MD, VA See More Tags DC, rapid rehousing, housing first, 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness

Work Underway to Develop List of Key Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements Near Underutilized Rail Transit Stations

Twenty-five underutilized Metrorail or commuter rail stations in the Washington region will be the focus of the second phase of a Transportation Planning Board study looking for ways to take .. Keep Reading

March 14, 2014 | Tags: TPB, RTPP, Metrorail See More Tags transportation improvements, pedestrian infrastructure, multimodal access, bicycle infrastructure