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Wrong on the ICC; Wrong on a New Potomac Crossing

Wrong on the ICC Wrong on a New Potomac Crossing For decades Maryland local and state officials opposed the Intercounty Connector (ICC) and a new northern Potomac River crossing. Today, we learned that the ICC (30 million annual trips) is Maryland’s second most heavily used toll facility. And today we re-learned (for the zillionth time) that even a brief shutdown […]

“DC rents (young) people; they don’t own them.”

“DC rents (young) people; they don’t own them.” William Frey Brookings Institution Demographer   According to a September 14, 2017 article in the Washington Post entitled, “While most cities’ incomes rise, D.C. sees a possible end to the boom years”, “Frey’s theory is that the poor job market following the 2009 recession caused young people to […]

Moving Jobs to People a Smarter Choice

“Before we rush to (heavily densify urban areas)… we need to ask ourselves whether the better strategy wouldn’t be to move the jobs to the workers rather than the workers to the jobs… “The point of having a richer and more productive economy is to have more enjoyable lives, and for most of us that […]

What District Officials and Most Montgomery County Residents Understand That Montgomery County Elected Officials Apparently Don’t

“City officials say the (new Frederick Douglass Bridge) project will spur economic development on both sides of the river.” Washington Post August 11, 2017 Surveys show that Montgomery County residents overwhelming support a new Northern Potomac River crossing because (among other reasons) they (and just about everyone else) know that just as a new Frederick Douglass Bridge will spur economic […]

New Bridges Good Investment, Critical to Regional Excellence

At the recent unveiling of the design for the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, the Mayor of the District of Columbia said the following: “Investing in our infrastructure is key to how we can continue to be a growing city and the best city in the world, and improving our bridges is very critical to this mission.” […]

Find Out What You Missed (or “Need to Know”)!

What You Need to Know About Transportation Seminar Speaker Presentations Now Online On October 26th, the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance hosted its 12th Annual What You Need to Know about Transportation Seminar. The theme was Planning Our Region’s Future with the focus on what’s being done and needs to be done transportation-wise to ensure Virginia […]

All Aboard!

The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) this morning opened the new Spotsylvania Station south of Fredericksburg, with a 1,500 parking space lot to accommodate future growth.  This marks the first expansion of the VRE system since it’s opening in 1992, in part made possible by investment of a third rail line along the corridor. Currently VRE […]

Is a New Potomac River Crossing Needed? Public Poll Says “Yes”

The Leesburg Today newspaper recently conducted a poll asking readers, “Is a New Potomac River Crossing Needed?”

Winning (or Losing) the Jobs Accessibility Challenge?

For our region to be attractive to business, businesses must be able to attract workers. In a recent study* of automobile commute times of 51 metropolitan areas across the country, the Washington, DC region ranked 7th overall in accessibility to jobs. However… When examined more closely, the Nation’s Capital only ranked well in jobs reachable […]

Regional Survey Finds Real Consensus Among Transportation Experts on Regional Priorities

A joint regional survey of area transportation professionals most familiar with the region’s transportation challenges finds significant consensus on projects and solutions that would do the most to improve mobility and reduce congestion. Regional/District Metro reliability and core capacity: Enhance maintenance, safety and reliability of existing system, and add new rolling stock, station and parking […]

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