Officials Highlight Airport Infrastructure, Plans for Future Expansion

Earlier this month, airports joined the ongoing conversation about regional infrastructure and officials highlighted their impact on the economy. The discussion at the October Board of Directors meeting of the Council of Governments also covered air travel trends and how the region can support future, balanced growth at its airports. COG Senior Transportation Planner Rich […]

October 23, 2014 | Tags: Loudoun County, Dulles, Regional Infrastructure See More Tags MWAA, BWI, IAD, Marshall Airport

Metropolitan Washington Continues to Lead on LEED and Other Green Energy Initiatives

For the past several years, COG has tracked the region’s progress in addressing climate change and meeting the ambitious goals of its 2008 National Capital Region Climate Change Report. In this year’s Climate and Energy Progress Report, COG, for the first time, also compared metropolitan Washington to other regions around the nation. The report found […]

October 23, 2014 | Tags: EPA, Roger Berliner, LEED See More Tags USGBC, energy star, Gwendolyn Fleming, EPA Green Power Partnership

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

Ground-level ozone concentrations in the Washington region exceeded healthy levels on just four days each of the last two summers, down from 43 such “exceedance” days as recently as the summer of 2007, and 67 during the summer of 1998. That’s according to data released recently by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments following the end of […]

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

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 […]

October 10, 2014 | Tags: activity centers, public comment, multimodal transportation See More Tags CLRP 2014, bicycle trips, Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan

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 […]

October 2, 2014 | Tags: climate change, resiliency, storm events See More Tags sea-level rise, Potomac, NASA Office of Strategic Infrastructure

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 […]

September 26, 2014 | Tags: VRE, Purple Line, road-widening See More Tags streetcar, Silver Line Phase II, Metrorial, Corridor Cities Transitway, Dulles Airport, light rail, 95 Express Lanes

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 […]

September 25, 2014 | Tags: Prince George's County, Montgomery County, Fairfax County See More Tags Dulles, wastewater, Loudoun, George Hawkins, DCWater, digester, Blue Plains, Karen Pallansch

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 […]

September 22, 2014 | Tags: text to 9-1-1, next-gen 911, Emergency Response See More Tags derecho, 9-1-1

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