Final 2014 CLRP Public Comment Underway

Elected officials, transportation agencies, and the public have one last opportunity to comment on this year’s update of the region’s Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP) before the Transportation Planning Board considers it for final approval on October 15. The TPB recently released a summary of the Draft 2014 CLRP and a number of other key supporting analyses to aid […]

September 19, 2014 | Tags: TPB, air quality, CLRP See More Tags public comment period, performance analysis, financial analysis, priorities plan

Q&A: David Snyder, Vice Mayor, City of Falls Church

David Snyder was first sworn in as a member of the City of Falls Church Council in July 1994 and has served as Mayor and Vice Mayor of the City. Snyder, who is currently serving as the Chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee at COG, has been an active leader on several other […]

September 11, 2014 | Tags: VA, Falls Church, City of Falls Church See More Tags Dave Snyder, air pollution reduction, David Snyder

Time-lapse Through Activity Centers

To best accommodate future growth, take advantage of our transportation infrastructure, protect our environment, and bolster our economy, metropolitan Washington must concentrate more development in Activity Centers. These are the 141 hubs identified by the Council of Governments where our region needs to grow. In 2013, COG approved a new map of these centers based […]

September 4, 2014 | Tags: growth, environment, activity centers See More Tags timelapse, Metro Center, Metropolitan Washington

Metroway Bringing BRT to the Region

For the first time in our region, an international best practice for public transportation has hit the ground in the City of Alexandria and Arlington County: bus rapid transit (BRT). The new BRT service, known as Metroway and operated by Metro, is now providing high-frequency bus service in the busy Route 1 corridor between Crystal […]

August 27, 2014 | Tags: activity centers, TPB, Arlington See More Tags Place + Opportunity, BRT, Alexandria, Tim Lovain, Metroway, TIGER

Millions Worldwide to Go Car-Free or “Car-Lite” on Monday, Sept. 22

“Put it away. Uncar for a day.” That’s the message that local organizers of Car Free Day 2014 are sending to encourage more Washington area commuters and others who usually drive to give up their car for a day and try walking, bicycling, taking transit, carpooling, or teleworking instead. This year’s Car Free Day is set […]

August 26, 2014 | Tags: Commuter Connections, Car Free Day, Transportation Planning Board See More Tags Alternative Commute, car lite

Fauquier County Becomes TPB’s Newest Voting Member

The Transportation Planning Board recently welcomed Fauquier County, Virginia, as its newest voting member, now that a small portion of the county has been designated under federal law as part of the TPB’s official planning area. The new federal designation came as a result of the 2010 Census, which found that the Washington region’s “urbanized area” […]

August 20, 2014 | Tags: TPB, VA, MD See More Tags Charles County, TPB Weekly Report, Warrenton, voting representation, Route 29, Transportation Improvement Program, Fauquier County

Join COG at the 2014 Ecodistricts Summit in DC this September 24-26

This September 24-26, the District of Columbia and the surrounding region will host the sixth annual EcoDistricts Summit, a unique gathering of the world’s most innovative city makers. Each year, the host city provides a programmatic element to the conference. More than a mere site, the conference region serves as host, curriculum and teacher. In […]

August 13, 2014 | Tags: sustainability, innovative cities, EcoDistricts Summit See More Tags EcoDistricts, ecodistrict

Officials See Connections Between Local Waterways and Chesapeake Bay

Spanning rivers, streams, creeks, runs, lakes and reservoirs, the COG Region’s water quality is of prime importance to local jurisdictions. Not only does water quality involve local policy and work in our own region, the water in Metropolitan Washington contributes to the health of an entire aquatic ecosystem and national treasure: Chesapeake Bay. At the […]

August 13, 2014 | Tags: water quality, Chesapeake Bay, UMCES See More Tags sturgeon, Horn Point, dissolved oxygen, algal blooms, oysters

The Silver Line: Expanding Travel Options and Strengthening Activity Centers

It took almost 50 years for Metro’s new Silver Line to turn from long-range planning idea into reality. The project entered the region’s Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP) in 1999, marking the point at which funding was reasonably expected to be available for the project. On July 26, the first phase of the Silver Line […]

August 12, 2014 | Tags: land use, activity centers, Fairfax County See More Tags Silver Line, TLC, Metro Silver Line, pedestrianization, SV

TLC Supporting Regional Focus on Activity Centers and Walking, Bicycling, and Transit

By next summer, seven local jurisdictions in the Washington region will be one step closer to realizing their aspirations for better pedestrian, bicycle, and transit connectivity between and within Activity Centers in their jurisdiction. On July 16, the Transportation Planning Board approved $420,000 in technical assistance under its Transportation/Land-Use Connections (TLC) Program. The funding will support nine […]

August 5, 2014 | Tags: land use, Transportation Planning Board, TLC See More Tags transportation/land use connections, pedestrian infrastrucuy

Infrastructure Inspiration: COG Board Hears Best Practices at Leadership Retreat

At COG’s 15th annual retreat, area elected officials, planners and city and county staff learned of new approaches to rebuilding the region’s infrastructure. The retreat sessions were designed to expand on the recent presentations to the COG Board outlining the pressing need to upgrade the area’s water and energy systems as well as its roads […]

August 4, 2014 | Tags: infrastructure, Infrastructure Series, Infrastructure Exchange See More Tags COG Board, efficiencies

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