Officials Draft Transportation Plan to Accommodate 1.3 Million More People

A recent study conducted by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) found that the Washington D.C. metropolitan area is expected to increase by 1.3 million more people within the next 25 years.

These findings were presented during an open house for the public to learn more about “Visualize 2045,” TPB’s long-term transportation plan that aims to improve mobility on the roadways in the future.

TPB found seven initiatives, if funded and enacted, that would make commuting in the area easier:

  • Bring jobs and housing closer by developing around underused rail stations and Activity Centers with high-capacity transit;
  • Expand the Bus Rapid Transit to various locations throughout the region;
  • Move more people on Metrorails by replacing six-car trains with eight-car trains on all Metrorail lines;
  • Provide more telecommuting options and other options for commuting;
  • Expand the express highway network;
  • Improve walk and bike access to transit;
  • Complete the National Capital Trail.

Open houses will continue until Sept. 17 for residents who want to learn more about Visualize 2045.

Anyone interested in providing feed-back can do so by speaking in person on Sept. 21 at the next TPB meeting before the final draft is voted on by the Board in October.

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Mitti Hicks

About Mitti Hicks

Mitti Hicks is a multimedia journalist and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She is passionate about telling stories that impact our community and may be reached at MHicks@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter @mittimegan.

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