Here’s what happened at the May 16 TPB meeting

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At its May meeting, the TPB approved projects to receive technical assistance through the Transportation Land-Use Connections program. These projects further regional goals to help create more livable, walkable, bikeable, and transit accessible communities. The board also received briefings on the bike and pedestrian element of Visualize 2045, Performance Based Planning and Programming measures for congestion and emissions, and got an update on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Title IV Program.

MORE: Transportation Land-Use Connections projects will help create more livable communities


TPB actions at the May 16 meeting

Approved TLC projects. In total, $500,000 in technical assistance are being spread across the nine projects in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. These projects help further TPB goals to create more livable, walkable, bikeable, and transit accessible communities throughout the region. Learn more.

Approved an amendment to the Visualize 2045 air quality analysis work scope. Staff asked the board to approve an amendment to the work scope for the air quality analysis to reflect two new developments. One is to reflect new legislation from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia for dedicated funding for Metro. That means that there is now the expected funding for expanded capacity including 8-car trains and TPB staff recommended removing the Metrorail transit constraint from the travel model process. The second update is focused on the EPA’s final non-attainment designation. As expected, our region was designated “marginal” which means the year 2021 needs to be added as a forecast year. Learn more.
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Other highlights

Performance Based Planning and Programming targets for congestion and emissions. The board received a briefing to review how the region will set targets for measuring the transportation system’s performance for reducing congestion and emissions. These targets are required by federal law and the board will be taking them up in June. Learn more.
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MORE: How will the region measure performance for congestion management and emissions reduction

Visualize 2045 Bike and Pedestrian element. In addition to identifying both funded and unfunded transportation projects, Visualize 2045 will also be highlighting other important planning work in the region. These planning elements include freight, land-use, travel and tourism, and more. One such element is a section covering regional bicycle and pedestrian planning. Visualize 2045 will include the work of the TPB’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Subcommittee, the endorsed initiatives including completing the National Capital Trail and more walk and bike access to transit. The element will also include links to the region’s current bicycle and pedestrian plan. There will also be a section to highlight unmet needs which will show many more projects that address biking and walking in the region. Learn more.
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Citizens Advisory Committee Chair Katherine Kortum presented the CAC report. The CAC met on May 10. The committee received a briefing on the TLC projects and participated in a Visualize 2045 forum. During discussions, CAC members had a chance to discuss and weigh in on their thoughts and concerns about the endorsed initiatives. Read the CAC report.

Access for All advisory committee Chair and TPB member Kacy Kostiuk presented the AFA report. The AFA met on May 10 and participated in a Visualize 2045 forum. AFA members were able to provide different perspectives on the endorsed initiatives. Read the AFA report.
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Public comment. Katie Harris spoke on behalf of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and the Capital Trails Coalition. She spoke in support of the TLC projects and the Bicycle and Pedestrian element of Visualize 2045. She said that her organizations have been working with the TPB in identifying a broader network of trails to connect to the National Capital Trail, highlighting a future comprehensive network of trails to connect the region.

Stewart Schwartz spoke on behalf of the Coalition for Smarter Growth. He focused on the amendments to the air quality analysis work scope. He praised the TPB for removing the Metro constraint from the model. He emphasized that it is good news for emissions that more people will be riding transit but also cautioned that this should not lead to more road projects.
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