For one day, drop the car keys for cleaner air. Car Free Day is Sept. 22!

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What if for just one day you could help people breathe just a little bit easier? Transportation is a significant contributor to air pollution. One way to reduce that is to drive less. On September 22, will you consider dropping the keys for just one day and contribute to a cleaner Washington region? September 22…

TPB accepts Long-Range Plan Task Force recommendations for further analysis

After a lengthy discussion at its July 19 meeting, the TPB accepted for further study the recommendations of its Long-Range Plan Task Force, a group set up in March to identify a limited set of large-scale transportation and land-use initiatives that could help make significantly greater progress toward achieving long-term regional transportation goals. Both the…

RECAP: At its June meeting, the TPB endorsed COG’s Metro principles

At its June meeting, the Transportation Planning Board endorsed COG’s Statement of Principles on Metro expressing support for the system and for Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld’s “Keeping Metro Safe, Reliable, and Affordable” plan. Board members also received updates on planned public outreach activities for the TPB’s new Visualize 2045 long-range plan and on the…

Enhanced Mobility grantees share the secrets to their success

About every two years the TPB plays a key role in selecting and awarding federal grant funding to projects and initiatives throughout the region aimed at improving mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities. Over the years, dozens of non-profit organizations, local governments, transit agencies, and private for-profit providers have received funding. At a TPB-hosted…

There’s nothing to lose. Try bike commuting on Bike to Work Day!

“Just try it!” That’s the message some veteran bike commuters on the TPB’s technical program staff gave when asked what they would tell folks who might be considering taking part in the region’s annual Bike to Work Day, coming up Friday, May 19. “What have you got to lose?” said Steve Osborn, a specialist with…

What will it take to meet the region’s long-term transportation goals?

If you had to choose 6-10 projects, programs, or policies to move the region closer to achieving its long-term transportation goals, what would go on the list? Eight-car trains for Metro? A new highway bridge across the Potomac River? More bike-lanes and pedestrian paths? The TPB’s recently reestablished Long-Range Plan Task Force is aiming to…

Will changing consumer preferences bring widespread delivery by drone?

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,…