Population up, but area travel holding steady

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One of the most interesting findings from a recent TPB analysis of regional travel trends is that while the area’s population has grown in recent years, travel by car and transit has stayed more or less steady. According to the researchers behind the analysis, the main reasons lie in shifting demographics and how we use…

What happened at the April 20 TPB meeting

The Transportation Planning Board met on Wednesday, April 20, and took action on three items, including a proclamation of this year’s regional Bike to Work Day event and funding for several bicycle and pedestrian projects in Northern Virginia. The board also discussed an analysis of regional travel trends and the recent Metro Summit organized by…

TPB proclaims May 20 as Bike to Work Day 2016

The TPB kicked off the month-long lead-up to this year’s regional Bike to Work Day with a proclamation-signing on April 20. Bike to Work Day aims to inspire first-time bicycle commuters and encourage people who already bike to work to do so more often. TPB Chairman Tim Lovain signed the official TPB proclamation, which sets…

Bicycle and pedestrian projects in Northern Virginia selected for funding

The TPB recently approved eight bicycle and pedestrian projects in Northern Virginia to receive $2.9 million in funding under the federal Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program. A portion of STBG funds are set aside for projects other than traditional highway construction, including bicycle, pedestrian, Safe Routes to School, and recreational trails projects. Get details…

A day without Metro meant worse traffic for some but not others

When the region’s Metrorail system shut down for a whole day on March 16, many predicted a traffic nightmare. While such a scenario unfolded for some, traffic for others wasn’t that much different than a typical Wednesday. Metro announced the all-day closure of its rail system late in the day on March 15. Almost immediately,…

At regional summit, leaders discuss Metro’s future

In honor of Metro’s 40th anniversary, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and the Greater Washington Board of Trade recently brought together more than 100 elected officials and business and civic leaders from around the region to talk about the next 40 years of Metro. The summit, which took place on March 30, focused…

What’s coming up at the TPB’s April 20 meeting

The next meeting of the Transportation Planning Board is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, at noon. The official agenda and all briefing materials will be posted on the Thursday before the meeting. Here is a quick preview of what’s coming up: Funding recommendations for bicycle and pedestrian projects in Northern Virginia. The TPB will consider…

TPB News: Our new look and feel

If you’re reading this message you’ve either received the first issue of the new online-only TPB News in your email inbox or you’re exploring its new digital home online. Either way, we’re glad you’re here! For the past few months we’ve been hard at work reimagining how we deliver important TPB news and information to…

“Street Smart” safety campaign kicks off in Silver Spring

The region’s twice-yearly Street Smart pedestrian and bicyclist safety campaign kicked off Monday, April 11, at the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center in Silver Spring. The center is a major new transit hub serving pedestrians, bicyclists, bus riders, and Metro and MARC rail passengers. Elected officials, representatives from Metro, law enforcement, transportation officials, and a…