ICYMI: June 15 TPB meeting

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At its meeting on June 22, the TPB took no formal actions, but received a series of briefings on topics including Metro’s SafeTrack maintenance program and a draft regional freight plan currently open for public comment. Update on Metro’s SafeTrack maintenance program Fairfax County’s Nick Perfelli briefed the board on actions the county has taken…

Separated bike-lane design guide workshop coming up June 29

Separated bike lanes have become a hot topic in recent years. Now, two new design guides—one from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the other from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)—provide planners with updated best practices for building them. On Wednesday, June 29, the TPB’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Subcommittee will host a workshop to…

Comment by July 9 on the draft regional Freight Plan

The TPB has developed a draft freight plan for the region and is seeking public comment by July 9. The draft plan aims to highlight the importance of freight in the region and to guide future freight planning at the regional level. Among the key elements of the draft freight plan is a discussion of…

Bob Griffiths retires from COG after 42 years

Bob Griffiths started as an intern at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) in early 1974. His first assignments included collecting data on commercial office development and helping with early-morning traffic counts. He retired from COG on June 17, 2016, as a senior director within the department of transportation planning. In that role he…

TLC sets the stage for new local projects

What do a redesigned New Hampshire Avenue with bike and bus lanes in Takoma Park, a spruced-up 19th Street NW with a raingarden and benches in the District of Columbia, and Reston’s new bikeshare system all have in common? These projects were all funded under the Transportation/Land-Use Connections Program, which was created by the Transportation…

Transit experts will swap ideas at the second Metro forum

COG and the Greater Washington Board of Trade are hosting the second in their series of events celebrating the 40th anniversary of Metro and discussing what the future may hold. The first symposium in the series brought together local leaders and experts to look at Metro’s unique challenges and what it will need for the future….

Bike to Work Day demonstrates what is possible

Ron Milone is the director of the TPB’s travel forecasting program. After 20 plus years of routine commuting, he participated in Bike to Work Day for the first time ever on Friday, May 20, 2016, riding 18 miles from his home in Rockville to the COG offices in NoMa. Everything was set. The sun was…

#Rons1stBTWD in pictures and video!

Our chief travel forecaster, Ron Milone, gave bike-commuting a try for the first time ever this year. Ron cycled 18 miles from his home in Rockville to our offices near Union Station in DC. We followed Ron on his journey and outfitted him with a GoPro so he could document his ride. Here are some…