Regional Priorities Study Gets Attention

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The study released yesterday by the 2030 Group on regional transportation priorities has already generated considerable interest. 

Today, SMTA President Rich Parsons and Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance President Robert Chase appeared on NewsChannel 8’s “News Talk with Bruce DePuyt” to discuss regional priorities and the formation of SMTA as a new voice in the transportation debate (the segment will re-air tonight sometime between 10:00 and 11:00 PM, and may be available on-line tomorrow).   WTOP News “Sprawl & Crawl”  and the Washington Examiner are also reporting on the transportation priorities study. 

In case you missed it, here is a link to the 2030 Group’s survey of regional transportation experts

The number-one priority identified by the experts:  Invest in current Metro system operations, core capacity and maintenance

Multi-modal investments to upgrade area highways and bridges, and add new rail and bus-rapid transit lines to better connect regional activity centers and key economic corridors, rounded out the remaining top-10 priorities, along with better land-use to encourage more transit-oriented development.

We are hoping regional leaders will consider these findings as they move forward on identifying priorities and the metrics they use for making those decisions.   Clearly, experts tell us that travel time savings and congestion relief need to be a major area of focus in guiding where to invest most of our resources going forward.   Currently, that is not the case.