Tag Archives: maryland

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 …

Health

Stat of the Week: 134 Clinics

At last week’s Board of Director’s meeting, the Council of Governments unveiled its Regional Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resource Directorya guide to providers of mental health services in the Washington Region. At 134 different resource centers, from …

Climate & Energy, Energy, Environment

Stat of the Week: 177 Million Square Feet

With 177 million gross square feet of LEED certified buildings spread across three states and over 700 buildings, metropolitan Washington is easily very green.  The District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia are in the US Green Building Council’s top 10 …

Transportation

Maryland and Virginia Using New Transportation Revenues to Accelerate Projects

Earlier this year, the state legislatures in Maryland and Virginia each approved measures that would raise upwards of $800 million a year in new revenue for transportation, the first statutory increases in two decades or more.

Now, just weeks after …

Land Use, Transportation

Congresswoman Edwards Stresses Development around Metro Stations

Calling attention to the Council of Governments’ work to address regional transportation coordination Congresswoman Donna Edward (D-MD 4th District) addressed the COG Board today, highlighting the critical need to, “have a lot of cooperation across jurisdictional lines.”  Representative Edwards, …

Transportation

TPB Helps Prince George’s County Identify Corridors for Future Transit Expansions

A long-term vision for the future of Prince George’s County, spelled out by county planners in 2002, calls for nodes of concentrated residential and commercial development connected by high-quality, high-frequency transit service — expanded Metrorail or new light rail or …

Environment

Maryland Passes Landmark Forest Legislation

Steven Koehn, Director/State Forester at Maryland DNR Forest Service, Co-Chair American Forest Foundation (AFF) Woodlands Operating Committee and member, AFF Board of Trustees

Maryland’s General Assembly recently passed the Forest Preservation Act of 2013, which now awaits the …

Transportation

Surveys Show Transportation Behavior Varies Widely Across Region

The results of a series of in-depth travel surveys released by the Transportation Planning Board in March highlight key differences in how people live and travel in higher-density areas with greater proximity to transit compared to those with lower densities …

Transportation

Region’s Transportation Planning Board Urges State Leaders to Increase Transportation Funding

Note: We discussed the TPB’s action supporting increased transportation investment in metropolitan Washington in December – the post below provides a more in-depth analysis of the letter and the proposed solutions.

In a December letter to state leaders, the …

Land Use

Activity Centers: Where Metropolitan Washington is Growing

Regional leaders voted today to approve an updated set of Activity Centers for metropolitan Washington.* These 141 Centers include existing urban centers, traditional towns, transit hubs, as well as areas expecting future growth.

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Transportation

Local leaders call for end to region’s transportation funding deficit

At their December meeting, members of the Transportation Planning Board (TPB) called on state leaders to step up to the plate and end the ongoing transportation funding deficit in metropolitan Washington.

“Our local governments have done their share,” said Kerry …

Traffic and transit congestion to worsen without changes in funding, policy

As we noted last week, new TPB analysis shows that metro Washington’s already major traffic and transit congestion will continue to worsen without greater investment in transportation infrastructure and changes in land use policy throughout the region. The following post

Congestion to worsen further without investment in transportation network and changes in land use

Metro Washington’s already notorious traffic congestion is set to get even worse in the coming decades according to new analysis by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB).

The analysis indicates that the region will continue to experience worsening …

New Tools Would Help Visitors Find Alternative Ways to Access National Park Sites in Metro Washington

A new website and smartphone application to help visitors of the federally-owned cultural, historic, and recreational attractions in the Washington region find ways other than by car to get to those sites could become a reality if the Transportation Planning …

New Regional Leadership: Chuck Bean to head the Council of Governments

The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) has named Chuck Bean, currently president of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, as its executive director. Board members praised Bean’s long record of building regional partnerships, …