Newly funded bicycle and pedestrian projects in Virginia will connect more communities to transit

At its April 19 meeting, the TPB approved seven new projects in Northern Virginia to receive $2.7 million in funding under the federal Transportation Alternatives Program. Also known as Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside, this program provides capital funding to projects other than traditional highway construction, including bicycle, pedestrian, recreational trail, and Safe Routes to School projects….

Here’s what’s coming up at the Apr. 19 TPB meeting

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…

Transportation equity headlined an action-packed March TPB meeting

The TPB’s March 29 meeting was dominated by action items—nine in all. One was the board’s endorsement of a new approach to analyzing equity in the region’s long-range transportation plan. Others included formally establishing the TPB’s Long-Range Plan Task Force and approving a work plan and budget for FY 2018. The meeting was originally scheduled…

Equity Emphasis Areas are up for board approval at the Mar. 29 TPB meeting

The Transportation Planning Board’s March meeting was rescheduled to Wednesday, March 29, due to inclement weather. An updated agenda and meeting materials will be posted on the Thursday before the meeting. Here’s a recap of what’s coming up: Equity Emphasis Areas map and methodology endorsement. TPB staff have developed a new approach to assessing whether…

Chairman Newton visited the TPB’s Citizens Advisory Committee

TPB Chairman Bridget Newton paid a special visit to the TPB’s Citizen Advisory Committee meeting on March 8. She thanked committee members for their service and talked about how important public involvement is in the regional transportation planning process. Committee members expressed their strong, continuing desire to see the TPB engage the public in the…

Will changing consumer preferences bring widespread delivery by drone?

The military uses them. So do aerial photographers and filmmakers. And this year they featured prominently in the Super Bowl halftime show. But will unmanned aircraft systems—more commonly known as drones—ever take over delivery of packages to our homes and businesses? The TPB’s Freight Subcommittee recently learned more about how consumer demands for greater choices,…

ICYMI: Feb. 15 TPB Meeting

The TPB’s February 15 meeting ran a half-hour over schedule as the board crafted a scope for the future work of its Long-Range Plan Task Force. The board also discussed the regional impacts of Metro’s proposed FY 2018 operating budget. Actions taken by the TPB at its February 15 meeting Amended WMATA’s portion of the…