Crossing the finish line: The Long-Range Plan Task Force completes its work

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With a short timeline and after only six meetings, the TPB’s Long-Range Plan Task Force has completed its work of narrowing down a long list of potential projects, programs, or policies to recommend to the TPB for further analysis as that body looks to identify initiatives that could help the region make significantly better progress…

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,…

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…