A brief recap of the Feb. 21 TPB meeting

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At its February 21 meeting, the TPB reviewed the process for setting performance targets for the region’s transportation system. Looking ahead, the board will need to set targets for pavement quality and road congestion. (chrissconnell/Flickr)

At its February 21 meeting, the TPB reviewed the process for setting performance targets for the region’s transportation system. It also received a briefing on the update to the cooperative forecast and the TPB’s budget and workplan for next year.

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TPB actions at the February 21 meeting

Added the New Hampshire Avenue BRT to Visualize 2045. In response to comments during the initial public comment period in December and January for the projects being submitted to Visualize 2045, Montgomery County added an additional New Hampshire Avenue Bus Rapid Transit project. After a 30-day public comment period the board approved the submission for the Air Quality analysis. Learn more.

Approved updates to the Transportation Improvement Program for WMATA. The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) identifies most of the major transportation projects and programs that local, state, and regional agencies have identified and committed funding over the next six years. WMATA requested a revision to reflect the latest planned funding amounts for its projects. Learn more.


Other highlights

Performance Based Planning and Programming. The board received a briefing to review new federal requirements for metropolitan planning organizations like the TPB to set targets to evaluate the transportation system’s performance. The board has already set targets for transit assets like vehicles and stations and highway safety targets looking at rates of serious injury and fatalities on the roads. Looking ahead, the board will need to set targets for pavement quality and road congestion. These performance measures will also become part of Visualize 2045. Learn more.

Citizens Advisory Committee Chair Katherine Kortum presented the CAC report as the new chair for the 2018 CAC. At the CAC’s first meeting, the committee discussed what it plans to focus on for the upcoming year. TPB Chair Charles Allen also visited the CAC and spoke with the committee about his goals for the TPB and listened to the committee’s comments and discussion. Read the CAC report.

Access for All advisory committee Chair and TPB member Kacy Kostiuk presented the AFA report. The AFA met on in February for its first meeting of 2018. At its meeting the committee began a discussion about the Coordinated Human Service Transportation Plan update and unmet transportation needs. To begin discussing these issues, the committee broke out into small groups and discussed unmet transportation needs under the themes of accessibility, awareness, availability, and affordability. Read the AFA report.

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