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…

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…

New federal performance rules for MPOs, explained

New federal performance measurement requirements for metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) like the TPB mean new data and evaluation will provide additional ways to assess the transportation system’s performance. The last two federal surface transportation laws, MAP-21 and the FAST Act, included provisions requiring the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to craft new rules for state…

How TLC helped jumpstart a trail project in Prince George’s County

Prince George’s County wanted to build a new walking and biking trail in the busy Central Avenue corridor. The TPB’s Transportation/Land-Use Connections (TLC) Program helped jumpstart the project. For the last ten years, through its Transportation/Land-Use Connections (TLC) Program, the TPB has been helping local jurisdictions in the region plan vibrant communities and support biking,…

What’s coming up at the Feb. 15 TPB meeting

The Transportation Planning Board is scheduled to meet at noon on Wednesday, February 15. 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: Discussing potential long-range, regional impacts of Metro’s proposed FY 18 budget. Board members will hear from Metro…

Changes are coming to the way the TPB analyzes transportation equity

TPB planners are working on a new approach to analyzing the region’s long-range transportation plan to satisfy long-standing federal Title VI requirements and Environmental Justice guidelines. These federal measures aim to protect minority and low-income populations from discrimination and disproportionate adverse impacts of federally funded programs. At its January 18 meeting, the TPB discussed a…

Get to know the 2017 TPB Citizens Advisory Committee

At its January 18 meeting, the TPB approved the newly appointed members to its Citizens Advisory Committee for 2017. The CAC’s two main charges are to promote public involvement in transportation planning for the region and to provide independent, region-oriented citizen advice to the TPB on transportation plans and issues. In all, the CAC is…