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Telework continues to gain popularity in metro Washington as technology advances, employers grant more flexibility

More than 600,000 people in the Washington region telework “at least occasionally” and another 500,000 say they “could and would” work remotely if given the opportunity, according to the results of a 2010 Transportation Planning Board survey of commuters’ travel …

Can ‘Bus-on-Shoulder’ work in metropolitan Washington?

More express and local transit buses that operate on the region’s highways could eventually, in select locations and under certain traffic conditions, be allowed to use shoulders to bypass especially bad congestion in regular travel lanes if a new task

Crystal City: An Activity Center in transformation

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been discussing the role of updated Activity Centers in metro Washington. Now we’re going to take a look at some specific Centers, starting with Crystal City.

Located in Arlington County between Route 1

Metro Washington investing in a vision for dozens of “downtowns”

Guest post by Tom Fairchild, the Director of Mobility Lab, which is working with COG and other partners to make the updated Activity Centers a tool for managing growth and development in metro Washington.

Read more about how the

New federal transportation law brings changes, opportunities for region

Three years and eleven short-term extensions after the previous funding act expired, Congress in June passed a new law authorizing the expenditure of federal funds for transportation through September 2014.

The new Congressional authorization — referred to as Moving Ahead …

New Activity Centers: smaller, more numerous, and more effective

Last week Sophie Mintier, a Housing Planner at MWCOG, provided an overview of the Activity Centers 2012 Update and asked readers to submit ideas for how these Centers can best be used to guide sustainable development in metro Washington.

We want your input: How can Activity Centers guide development and move the Region Forward?

Sophie Mintier, Housing Planner at MWCOG working on the update of the Region Activity Centers Map

This is part one of a multi-part series on the new Activity Centers for metro Washington. Read part two which provides more detail on

Drive ’til you qualify?, massive loss of agricultural land in the region, and tackling the Legion Bridge problem

Seeing as it’s summer and you’ve hopefully been enjoying some well-earned vacation, we thought we’d share some of our favorite posts featured on The Yardstick over the past couple months in case you missed them:

Drive ‘til you qualify doesn’t

Long-Term Transportation Plan for Metro Washington Informed by Regional Growth Forecasts

As it adopted updates to the region’s 30-year transportation plan during its most recent meeting on July 18, the Transportation Planning Board at the same time made official new regional forecasts of population and job growth that were compiled by …

Improving travel over Legion Bridge focus of first Montgomery-Fairfax joint meeting

Traffic congestion knows no jurisdictional boundaries – that’s a fact repeated often by local and regional leaders in metro Washington.

One of the most obvious examples of this comes in the form of the highly-traveled American Legion Bridge, which traverses …

Traffic delays drop significantly during summer, VMT essentially unchanged

Travel delays on freeways in the Washington region dropped by 18% between June and July of last year thanks in largest part to changes in daily travel patterns that accompany the arrival of summer.

According to traffic information collected by

Prevent Sprawl and Enjoy Local Food: Save Agricultural Land in Metro Washington

Between 1987 and 2007 metro Washington’s agricultural land declined by 23%, according to the recently released Region Forward Baseline Progress Report.

Currently, the entire region has less agricultural land than neighboring Fauquier County alone. This trend in which metro

Program Helps Connect Transportation and Land-Use at the Local Level

Imagine the consequences of unexpectedly getting your bicycle wheel stuck in a new streetcar track. Or try to picture just how much water runs off into nearby streams after a heavy rain on an urban street with almost no natural …

Report underscores urgent need for better land-use patterns in metro Washington

Metro Washington could grow more efficiently and reduce its notorious traffic congestion by making better use of existing capacity in underutilized parts of the region instead of continuing costly, unsustainable expansion into undeveloped areas.

Such underutilized areas include the eastern …

Economic downturn has mixed impact on auto-related emissions

Despite forecasts of slower-than-expected growth in population, employment, and driving in the Washington region through 2020 because of the economic downturn of the last few years, vehicle-related emissions of harmful pollutants could still be as much as 16% higher in