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At the November 15 TPB meeting the board received an hour long briefing to go over the results from an analysis of 10 transportation improvement initiatives it had selected for study earlier in July. In July, the TPB approved the 10 task force recommended initiatives to be analyzed to assess how well each initiative could…

Now is the time for agencies to submit or update projects, programs, and policies for inclusion in Visualize 2045

An important phase in the development of the region’s Visualize 2045 long-range transportation plan kicked off October 18 with the Transportation Planning Board’s approval of the Technical Inputs Solicitation—a call for area transportation agencies to submit or update all regionally significant projects, programs, and policies they expect to implement between now and 2045. Why is…

Once-in-a-decade Regional Travel Survey kicks off

By this time next year, approximately 15,000 randomly selected households across the National Capital Region and neighboring jurisdictions will have participated in the TPB’s once-in-a-decade Regional Travel Survey, helping to paint a detailed picture of the daily travel patterns of people who call this region home. The survey, which kicked off October 3, asks households…

Newly funded bicycle and pedestrian projects in Maryland will make it easier for kids to walk to school

At its September 20 meeting, the TPB approved six new projects in Maryland to receive $1.7 million in funding under the federal Transportation Alternatives program. Also known as Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside, this program provides federal capital funding to projects other than traditional highway construction, including bicycle, pedestrian, recreational trail, and Safe Routes to School projects….

TPB accepts Long-Range Plan Task Force recommendations for further analysis

After a lengthy discussion at its July 19 meeting, the TPB accepted for further study the recommendations of its Long-Range Plan Task Force, a group set up in March to identify a limited set of large-scale transportation and land-use initiatives that could help make significantly greater progress toward achieving long-term regional transportation goals. Both the…

RECAP: At its June meeting, the TPB endorsed COG’s Metro principles

At its June meeting, the Transportation Planning Board endorsed COG’s Statement of Principles on Metro expressing support for the system and for Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld’s “Keeping Metro Safe, Reliable, and Affordable” plan. Board members also received updates on planned public outreach activities for the TPB’s new Visualize 2045 long-range plan and on 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,…