Let’s fully fund Metro
Now is the time to get Metro the funding that it desperately needs. We need an agreement on fixes and sources of funding from elected officials in DC, Maryland and Virginia in order to develop a plan that will create a dedicated revenue source from the three jurisdictions. Metro’s General Manager Paul Wiedefeld has proposed an ambitious and blunt plan that will get Metro back on track, but it is up to DC, Maryland, and Virginia to secure the source of this critical funding. Now, with a successful year of SafeTrack in the rearview mirror, stay informed on how Metro is continuing to improve itself and provide safe and reliable service.
GreenPlace helps people understand how living at new transit-oriented housing will reduce traffic, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and foster healthier, active living by measuring vehicle miles traveled (VMT), parking, and transportation demand management (TDM). GreenPlace remains in its pilot phase, however, there have already been five developments certified under the program. We hope to continue expanding GreenPlace in order to help decision-makers, developers, and neighbors work together to support healthy, low-traffic, and sustainable living.
If you would like to read about the specifics of the program and learn about how you can become certified, we strongly encourage you to check out the GreenPlace certification guide. This report gives an overview of the benchmarks that are looked for along with recommendations for GreenPlace certification.
Next Generation of Transit
New transit investments are critical to creating walkable, inclusive communities, and to handling our population growth without perpetuating sprawl and generating even worse traffic. But these investments won’t happen unless we all work together to support a new vision, just like the leaders who pressed for our Metrorail system back in the 1960s and 70s. Our newly-launched Next Generation of Transit campaign champions new transit investments, increased interconnectivity between transit modes, and high-quality information and service.
Inclusive Communities & Affordable Housing at a Regional Scale
More than a decade after the Brookings Institution released its seminal Region Divided report, the Washington region is still divided, with parts of D.C. and the east side of the region not sharing in the prosperity of our economy. According to the Metropolitan Washington Council on Governments, during the 1990s, job growth on the west side of the region was 20 times higher than on the east side of the region, and the pattern continued in the following decade. Meanwhile, even in wealthier communities throughout the region many families struggle to keep up with rising housing costs, a situation that is made even worse by the a lack of diversity in housing types and housing built without access to transit or far from jobs. Too many families are finding that long commutes by car are forcing them to spend a large percentage of family income on transportation.