Tag Archives: transportation

Economy, Environment, Transportation

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 […]

Economy, Housing, Land Use

Activity Centers: Economic Engines and Livable Places

“For many people, this is a neighborhood where you can live, you can work, you can shop, you can have lots of cultural and recreational choices, all in the same place,” explains Harriet Tregoning, Director of the District of Columbia Office of Planning,  in describing NoMA in a new video from COG and Mobility Lab. […]

Climate & Energy, Environment, Transportation

For 2014, Get Involved in Regional Transportation, Environmental Issues

Looking for a civic-minded New Year’s resolution? How about getting involved in transportation, air quality or climate and energy planning in the D.C. region? Two public advisory committees housed at the Council of Governments are recruiting new members—the Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee (ACPAC) and the Transportation Planning Board’s Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). In […]

In Memoriam: COG, Area Leaders Honor Ron Kirby

We lost a dear colleague and friend this week. Please join us in remembering Ron Kirby and his many contributions to our region. In a statement earlier this week, COG Executive Director Chuck Bean said, “All of the officials and employees of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Transportation Planning Board are devastated […]

Economy, Housing, Transportation

Region Sees Changes in Share of People Living and Working in the Same Jurisdiction

A little over half of the region’s working population commutes to jobs in their county of residence, according to a recent Transportation Planning Board analysis of commuting data from 2000 and 2011. Although that share hasn’t changed much in the last decade or so — nudging downward from 51.7% of workers in 2000 to 51.6% […]

Transportation

Workshop Helps Residents Learn About Transportation Decision-Making in Metro Washington

Seven years ago, the Transportation Planning Board hosted its first Community Leadership Institute, or CLI, a workshop-style event designed to help current or emerging citizen leaders from around the Washington region learn about how transportation decisions are made and how to become more involved in the decision-making process. On Saturday, May 4, a group of 22 […]

Economy, Land Use, Transportation

Karen Young: COG is Moving the Region Forward

The op-ed by Karen Young is reprinted from the May 3, 2013 issue of the Washington Business Journal.    Contrary to John Slidell’s April 12 Guest Comment claiming that “there is almost no one in this region who wakes up every day thinking about what the region needs to prosper in the future,” I know scores […]

Transportation

“Aspirations” Scenario Provides Alternative Long-Term Transportation Vision for Metro Washington

Imagine a future in which travel options like transit, bicycling, and walking would be safer and more practical for more people in the region, and drivers would have the option to bypass congestion and enjoy more reliable travel times on many of the region’s highways. That’s the predicted effect of the Transportation Planning Board’s “CLRP Aspirations” […]

Transportation

Bike to Work Day on May 17 to Promote Bicycle Commuting and Safety

On Friday, May 17, thousands of Washington area residents will take to roads, bicycle lanes, and shared-use paths to commute to work by bicycle in the region’s thirteenth annual Bike to Work Day. As part of the annual event, designed to promote bicycling as a viable commuting alternative, cyclists will be able to stop at any […]

Transportation

“Street Smart” Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program Launches Spring 2013 Campaign

Between now and mid-May, motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists throughout the region will hear and see reminders about how to stay safe and avoid traffic accidents as warmer spring weather and longer daylight hours bring more people out on foot and on bicycles. The Transportation Planning Board’s semi-annual “Street Smart” campaign, held every spring and fall, […]

Economy

FBI Competition Might Make Headlines, but Area Leaders are Committed to Cooperation on Many Economic Issues

At a forum today organized by the DC Chamber of Commerce and Washington Business Journal, several top elected officials discussed regional cooperation, specifically in regards to economic development. Not surprisingly, the panel of D.C. Mayor Vince Gray, U.S. Congressman Gerry Connolly, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, Montgomery County Executive Isiah (Ike) Leggett, and Prince George’s County […]

Transportation

New Funding Enables Wheelchair-Accessible Taxicab Pilot Program in D.C. to Continue

A pilot program implemented by the Transportation Planning Board to provide wheelchair-accessible taxicab service in the District of Columbia will continue now that District officials have committed a portion of the funding needed to keep the pilot going and to expand it by adding more ramp- and lift-equipped vehicles. The District’s mayor, Vincent Gray, recently […]

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 and fewer travel options. Of the seven surveyed areas, the three with the highest population densities were […]

Transportation

New Site Provides Access to Regional Traffic, Transit, and Growth Data

For decades the Transportation Planning Board has made the data and information it collects about the region’s transportation system available to the public, including road traffic counts and transit ridership numbers. Now, the TPB is making much of that information available online so that local planners and decision-makers, developers, consultants, and anyone else can access […]

Land Use

A Plan for Investing in Metropolitan Washington to Improve Walkability and Economic Performance

Washington, now that the sequester is officially here, what does it mean for your community? Will you see the value of your home decrease in a similar way to the housing market crash in 2008? Hopefully not. But to answer this question you might first ask yourself if you live in a walkable urban place? […]