Tag Archives: activity centers


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 […]

Coalition Work, Housing, Land Use, Transportation

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 […]

Land Use, Transportation

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 […]


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 […]

Economy, Housing, Land Use, Transportation

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 […]


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 […]

Coalition Work, Energy

Advancing the Region’s Energy Infrastructure

As communities across the country embrace sustainable initiatives, the Washington area is a leader in implementing sustainable infrastructure through actions such as growing our uses of solar energy, building super-efficient housing and incorporating sustainability principles into our unique mix of government, commercial, and residential development in the Region’s Activity Centers. These efforts are changing the […]


Preliminary Assessment Shows Some Progress in Implementing Regional Priorities

The region is making some progress in implementing key priorities spelled out in the Regional Transportation Priorities Plan, according to a preliminary assessment presented to the Transportation Planning Board in April. The assessment found that local, state, and regional transportation agencies are pursuing many of the individual strategies in the plan. It also found that more people […]

Coalition Work, Housing, Land Use, Transportation

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 at the University of Maryland on March 21 to discuss community development challenges and opportunities along the region’s first rail line that will travel exclusively […]

Land Use, Transportation

Which Attributes Make a Community Successful?

COG Planners Sophie Mintier and Ryan Hand spoke about the Place + Opportunity report at a gathering of transportation practitioners and High Speed Rail Summit participants at Mobility Lab’s “Lunch at the Lab” series in Arlington County. The presentation details what the Region Forward team is doing in regards to strengthening the economic vitality of […]

Economy, Housing, Land Use, Transportation

Regional Groups Discuss Growth Needs, Changing Economy

After a period of flat job growth, the National Capital Region’s economy is expected to rebound, and area leaders are looking at ways to work together to support and sustain this expected growth. Officials gathered on February 11 at George Mason University’s Arlington campus to hear a presentation by Dr. Stephen Fuller on the region’s […]

Land Use, Transportation

Bean Discusses Activity Centers, Transportation Priorities on Comcast Newsmakers

On Comcast Newsmakers, Council of Governments Executive Director Chuck Bean discussed how COG is helping the region plan for an additional 1.6 million residents by 2040. He referenced some of the findings and recommendations in the recently-released Place + Opportunity report and Regional Transportation Priorities Plan.

Land Use, Transportation

New “Place + Opportunity” Report Provides Toolkit for Strengthening Activity Centers

A new report from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments provides a toolkit of strategies designed to strengthen the region’s Activity Centers — by expanding economic and social opportunity for the people who live, work, or do business in them. The report, called “Place + Opportunity: Strategies for Creating Great Communities and a Stronger Region,” is meant […]

Land Use, Transportation

Stat of the Week: 80,686,000 sq ft

If you’ve seen the skyline of the new Metro tracks along the Silver Line in Northern Virginia, the cranes over the 14th Street Corridor in the District of Columbia, or heard of the new development going on at Largo Town Center in Prince George’s County Maryland, you know that new office space is coming to […]

Economy, Land Use

Activity Centers are Home to Most New Offices

Who does not like a shorter commute? Communities throughout Metropolitan Washington have worked diligently to create a network of Activity Centers that dexterously increase livability –including less time spent on congested roads and packed Metro cars- while enabling our economy to grow. Activity Centers are places that concentrate jobs, housing, retail, and amenities. This approach […]