Will changing consumer preferences bring widespread delivery by drone?

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The military uses them. So do aerial photographers and filmmakers. And this year they featured prominently in the Super Bowl halftime show. But will unmanned aircraft systems—more commonly known as drones—ever take over delivery of packages to our homes and businesses? The TPB’s Freight Subcommittee recently learned more about how consumer demands for greater choices,…

New federal performance rules for MPOs, explained

New federal performance measurement requirements for metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) like the TPB mean new data and evaluation will provide additional ways to assess the transportation system’s performance. The last two federal surface transportation laws, MAP-21 and the FAST Act, included provisions requiring the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to craft new rules for state…

How TLC helped jumpstart a trail project in Prince George’s County

Prince George’s County wanted to build a new walking and biking trail in the busy Central Avenue corridor. The TPB’s Transportation/Land-Use Connections (TLC) Program helped jumpstart the project. For the last ten years, through its Transportation/Land-Use Connections (TLC) Program, the TPB has been helping local jurisdictions in the region plan vibrant communities and support biking,…

Changes are coming to the way the TPB analyzes transportation equity

TPB planners are working on a new approach to analyzing the region’s long-range transportation plan to satisfy long-standing federal Title VI requirements and Environmental Justice guidelines. These federal measures aim to protect minority and low-income populations from discrimination and disproportionate adverse impacts of federally funded programs. At its January 18 meeting, the TPB discussed a…

TPB News in 2016: A look back at our top stories

This post has been updated with 2016 TPB Chairman Tim Lovain’s favorite story of 2016. Scroll down to find it! As 2016 comes to a close, we’re looking back at the top TPB News stories of the year. Over the course of few weeks we highlighted our favorite articles and those that were most popular…

A million more people will live in the region by 2040. How will they all get around?

Adding more than a million people to the region and its transportation system is a potentially very disruptive prospect. Roadway congestion and transit crowding are already challenges for many travelers, and maintenance backlogs for both systems mean conditions could get worse. But the region’s latest Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP) envisions nearly $244 billion in new…