The next meeting of the Transportation Planning Board is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, at noon. The official agenda and all briefing materials will be posted on the Thursday before the meeting. Here is a quick preview of what’s coming up:
Funding recommendations for bicycle and pedestrian projects in Northern Virginia. The TPB will consider 8 projects to recommend for $2.9 million in federal funding under a program previously known as the Transportation Alternatives Program. The projects up for approval were selected in part based on how well they advance regional priorities.
Making the Purple Line’s new price tag official. Now that Maryland has awarded its contract to build and operate the Purple Line, the region’s transportation plans must be updated to reflect its official cost. On April 20, the TPB will vote to amend the Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP) and six-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to reflect the light-rail line’s new $2.41-billion price tag.
Setting May 20 as Bike to Work Day. The TPB will approve a proclamation formally setting the date for the annual event aimed at increasing public awareness of the viability of bicycle commuting. Organizers hope to attract more than 18,000 participants. Nearly 80 temporary pit-stops throughout the region will welcome event participants with free tune-ups, refreshments, giveaways, and entertainment.
New data on regional travel trends. The board will hear about the latest regional trends in driving, transit ridership, carpooling, bicycling, teleworking, congestion, air travel, and more in this annual briefing.
Recap of the March 30 Metro Summit. COG Executive Director Chuck Bean will share his observations from the gathering of more than 100 elected officials and civic and business leaders to discuss the future of Metro. A follow-up event focused on other cities’ experience maintaining world-class transit systems is tentatively planned for June.