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

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

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

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

2014 CLRP Update Enters Next Phase: Air Quality Conformity Analysis

The 2014 update to the region’s Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan has entered its next phase: the federally required Air Quality Conformity Analysis, to assess whether future vehicle emissions under the proposed plan will exceed regional budgets approved by the federal government. The analysis will be completed by September, in time for the Transportation Planning Board […]

May 14, 2014 | Tags: TPB, CLRP, TPB Weekly Report See More Tags Clean Air Act

April Showers Bring May Flowers (and Attention to D.C. Region’s Climate Resiliency)

While the rain poured down at historic levels this April, representatives from 20 federal, regional and local agencies gathered in the U.S. General Services Agency (GSA) Headquarters in the District of Columbia to brainstorm strategies to lessen the impacts of both gradual changes in climate and more extreme weather events as a result climate change. […]

May 14, 2014 | Tags: climate change, sea level, NASA See More Tags resiliency

Penny Gross Promotes Tap Water at Smithsonian Event

Fairfax County Supervisor and COG Chesapeake Bay Policy Committee Chair Penny Gross spoke at Smithsonian Garden Fest on May 9 as part of National Drinking Water Week. She encouraged people to protect area waterways, use water wisely, and drink tap water, while local water utilities provided reusable bottles and fresh tap water to attendees. “Water […]

May 12, 2014 | Tags: infrastructure, water, water qua See More Tags water conservation, tap water, Penny Gross

Washington Region Forecast to Continue Growing, Mostly in Activity Centers

The latest growth forecasts from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) predict more than 1.5 million new jobs and 2 million new residents in the Washington region by 2040. Most of this new growth will occur in denser, mixed-use housing and job centers known as Activity Centers, according to the forecasts. COG works directly with its […]

May 9, 2014 | Tags: activity centers, CLRP, Regional Transportation Priorities Plan See More Tags Round 8.3 Cooperative Forecasts, cooperative forecast