TPB Releases Regional Transportation Priorities Plan

August 19th, 2013

Surveys rank Transit Crowding and Metro Repair Needs as top two transportation challenges in the region.

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) recently released the draft of their Regional Transportation Priorities Plan (RTPP) for public comment.  The plan, the result of a multi-year planning effort, worked to identify the top transportation challenges in the region, and pair them with near-term, long-term and ongoing strategies.

According to the draft report, there were many opportunities for public input in the process, including forums hosted by America Speaks and an online survey, which is still collecting responses.

The top winner in the priorities plan is transit, as the top-two transportation challenges region-wide were identified as Transit Crowding and Metro Repair Needs and the top-rated strategy was identified as Metro Maintenance.

The study provided three long-term strategies for consideration:

  1. A regional network of High-Occupancy Toll Lanes with new bus rapid transit (BRT) operating on them.
  2. Concentrated land use paired with an increase in capacity of existing transit systems and enhanced bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.
  3. A combination of 1 and 2.

The study did not include any expansion of the transit network other than BRT on toll lanes, and opted to not include other strategies/modes in which this region has heavily invested.

The public comment period for the RTPP closes on August 23, 2013.   Options for providing comments are on the TPB’s website.

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