The Transportation Planning Board is scheduled to meet at noon on Wednesday, April 19. The official agenda and all meeting materials will be posted on the Thursday before the meeting. Here’s a quick preview of what’s coming up:
Approving funding recommendations for bicycle and pedestrian projects in Northern Virginia. The TPB will consider seven projects to recommend for $2.7 million in funding under the federal Transportation Alternatives Program. The projects up for approval were selected in part based on how well they advance regional priorities. The funding recommendations will go to Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board for final approval later in the summer.
Setting Friday, May 19 as Bike to Work Day. The TPB will approve a proclamation setting the date for the annual event aimed at increasing public awareness and participation in bicycle commuting. Organizers hope to attract more than 18,600 participants. Eighty-six temporary pit-stops throughout the region will welcome event participants with free tune-ups, refreshments, giveaways, and entertainment.
Reviewing public comments on proposed amendments to the 2016 CLRP. Maryland and Virginia have both proposed amendments to the 2016 Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP). An official 30-day comment period on the changes closed April 8. The board will review the comments and be asked to accept staff responses to those comments. Virginia’s proposed amendment includes a new ramp on I-95 near the Quantico Marine Base and modifications to ramps in its I-66 Express Lanes project. Maryland has proposed moving up the date of replacing the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge.
Reviewing draft regional Transit Asset Management targets. The TPB will review draft regional targets for the age of transit vehicles like buses and railcars and the condition of transit facilities including stations and garages. Under changes made to federal transportation law in 2015, states, transit agencies, and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) must set targets for keeping transit fleets and facilities in a state of good repair. The board will be asked to approve the regional targets at its May meeting.