A brief recap of the February TPB meeting

At it’s February meeting the TPB approved regional Transit Asset Management targets for the condition of transit vehicles and facilities, per federal rules. (Elvert Barnes/Flickr)

The February TPB meeting was originally planned for Wednesday February 20 but was rescheduled for Friday February 22 due to weather. At its rescheduled meeting the TPB approved regional targets for transit vehicles and stations. The board also received an overview of the TPB’s annual budget and work program that it will need to approve in March. Other topics on the TPB agenda included a report on Traffic Incident Management Enhancement which was a focus area for the 2018 Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors, and a presentation on the Bus Transformation Project.

Transit Asset Management

The TPB had one action item on its agenda, to approve the regional Transit Asset Management targets. The targets—for the age and condition of transit vehicles, stations, facilities, and equipment—are required under federal rules. The board approved the set of targets that consider the diversity of transit systems in the region.

Learn more about the regional targets.

Listen to the presentation.

The Unified Planning and Work Program (UPWP)

Every year metropolitan planning organizations like the TPB must produce a budget and work program that outlines the work to be done in the fiscal year to come. The 2020 UPWP which the board will take up for approval next month and would go into effect in July, provides a work scope for the year.

Learn more: Get to know the Transportation Planning Board

The TPB’s main role is as a forum for coordination but there are so many more services, research areas, and technical expertise that staff provide to members.  Some examples include providing scenario planning, commuter services, and opportunities for federal grants including the transportation alternatives set-aside program, and the Enhanced Mobility program. Staff also provide travel modeling and forecasting, regional data collection, and so much more.

Some new activities for this year include furthering the TPB’s aspirational initiatives including expanding the National Capital Trail and walk and bike access to transit. TPB staff will also be studying safety in the region with a deeper look into the factors related to road fatalities.

Other new work for 2020 includes studying autonomous vehicles, looking into using “big data,” and updating the travel demand model that is used for the TPB’s travel forecasting and air quality.

Learn more about the FY2020 UPWP 

Listen to the presentation.

Other items

Traffic Incident Management Enhancement (TIME): Traffic Incident Management is a planned and coordinated process to detect, respond to, and remove traffic incidents and restore traffic capacity as safely and quickly as possible. Responding to incidents involves many different disciplines including law enforcement, communications, and transportation professionals. TIME was a focus of the 2018 COG board. A task force convened by COG, released a report with a number of recommendations. The COG board passed a resolution supporting a few recommendations which included some regionwide activities.  These include regional coordination, communication, and using technology to help first responders. Learn more. Listen to the presentation.

Citizens Advisory Committee: The 2019 CAC met for the first time on February 13. Chairman Robert Jackson presented the CAC report to the TPB. At its February meeting TPB Chairman Martin Nohe spoke with the CAC about his focus for the year, promoting telework more widely in the region. CAC members also discussed their topics of interest for the year. In addition to these conversations, TPB staff briefed the CAC on the budget and work plan for the year and provided some background about the TPB. Read the CAC report. Listen to the CAC report.

Chairman’s remarks: In his remarks, TPB Chairman Martin Nohe highlighted his interest in promoting teleworking in the region. As one of the TPB’s aspirational initiatives from Visualize 2045, teleworking could make a big difference in lowering congestion in the region. Listen to the chairman’s remarks.

Commuter Connections Work Program: Commuter Connections works to find ways to help people find alternatives to driving alone. Its work helps people find carpools, plans Bike to Work Day and identifies how people commute. This helps the region come closer to meeting its air quality goals and reduce congestion on the roads. Learn more about the CCWP. Listen to the briefing.

Bus Transformation Project: The board received a briefing on the regional Bus Transformation Project, an initiative that seeks to improve the region’s bus systems. The project’s goal is to create a bold, new vision and a collaborative action plan for the future of bus in the region. Learn more. Listen to the presentation.

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