Think Regionally, Not Locally for Transportation

Local business leaders offer suggestions for regional transportation plans

Monday, Jun 27, 2011  |  Updated 11:21 AM EDT
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Think Regionally, Not Locally for Transportation

Megan McGrath

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When it comes to commuting in the Washington area, local business leaders want transportation officials to work together when they make their transit plans.

The 2030 Group surveyed a small group of transit professionals for its recent report. One conclusion is that governments are thinking locally instead of regionally when making their transportation plans.

The report says top priorities should include Metro maintenance and upgrades, new bridges over the Potomac, and improved bus and high-occupancy toll lanes on roads like the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270.

Other suggestions include building Metro's Purple Line in Maryland and upgrading the I-66, I-95 and I-395 corridors.

“Traffic in our region is getting worse, whether you live in Maryland, Virginia or D.C., and we all need to get behind the most effective solutions," said Rich Parsons, President of the Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance, in a press release. "This study provides us with some good ideas on how to start. The interesting thing is how much agreement there is among transportation experts, across the Metro area, not only on what metrics we should be looking at, but on what projects do the most good. It turns out, it’s not just roads or just transit, but a combination of both that does the most to relieve traffic.”

To read the entire survey, click here.

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