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Report Recommends Major Transportation Improvements for U.S. Capital Region

Never mind Amazon HQ2/2. Everything else in the extended Greater Washington, D.C. region — a territory stretching from Baltimore to Richmond — will put a severe strain on the regional transportation system in the years ahead.

According to an article on Smart Cities Dive, the Greater Washington Partnership’s “Capital Region Report for Regional Mobility” states that the region’s transportation network is already “too often failing to meet our needs.” And it’s only going to get worse: if the region simply makes the transportation investments it’s currently planning to make between now and 2040, congestion will rise to 150 percent over 2015 levels. In the words of the report’s executive summary, “as the population continues to grow, the system is on the path to become a liability that undermines our competitiveness and impedes our quality of life.”

The remedy, the report argues, involves increased coordination of planning and projects by the multiple agencies involved in building and running transportation facilities and services. Its four primary goals: “connecting the super-region,” “improving consumer experience,” “ensuring equitable access” and “integrating innovation.”

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