Regional Priorities

Transportation

As the Board of Trade’s top legislative priority, alleviating traffic congestion in Greater Washington is accomplished through a combination of advocacy for greater transportation funding, greater roadway capacity and expansion of transit and transit-oriented development.  The Board of Trade also seeks better use of the infrastructure we already have through telework, traffic signal synchronization and better communication regarding roadway construction and accidents.

Noteworthy Accomplishments

The Board of Trade has successfully advocated for a number of major regional transportation projects and initiatives, including:

  • Securing passage of federal legislation providing a total of $3 billion in dedicated funding for Metro.
  • Getting the Metrorail extension to Tysons and Dulles back on track by lobbying Congress and the U.S. Department of Transportation to maintain commitments to $900 million in funding for the project.
  • Advocating for the construction of the Intercounty Connector linking I-270 in Rockville, Maryland with I-95 near Laurel, Maryland.
  • Promoting the reconstruction of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and expanding its capacity from six lanes to twelve lanes while providing for future trail or HOV lanes.
  • Supporting high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on the Capital Beltway and from Arlington to Spotsylvania along I-95 / I-395.
  • Encouraging the instituting of a regional system to share information regarding roadway construction and traffic accidents between key transportation decision-makers and law enforcement officials in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
  • Advocating a “run-through” service for regional commuter rail using Maryland (MARC) and Virginia (VRE) commuter rail trains, extending commuter trains into each other’s respective jurisdictions.
     

Transportation and Land Use Committee

The Transportation and Land Use Committee includes 30 Board of Trade members from Greater Washington’s transportation leadership to develop policy and set goals. The committee regularly collaborates with key elected and non-elected decision-makers outside of the committee structure to accomplish its goals.

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