Transportation should be safe, reliable, affordable, clean, and convenient.
Commute times are a major source of stress and productivity loss in Greater Washington. In 2018, Washingtonian reported that the DMV is the world’s 15th most congested metropolis, with commuters spending 61 hours a year stuck in traffic. Investing in our transportation infrastructure, especially transit, will improve residents’ lives, boost worker productivity, and protect our planet.
The Board of Trade works with key stakeholders and elected and appointed officials to ensure that the DMV is continuously investing in transportation and that these investments are coordinated and integrated across the region.
- In November, the Board of Trade and the Greater Washington Partnership hosted the 2020 Capital Region Transportation Forum, featuring the Mayor of DC and Governors of Maryland and Virginia. Watch the recording and read the summary >>
- June 29, 2021: Daniel Flores, VP of Government Relations, testified at the Joint Briefing on the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) I–495/I–270 P3 Project and Agreement. Read his testimony >>
- June 17, 2021: The Board of Trade sent a letter to DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson in reference to the June 8 Council vote passing a resolution requesting the permanent closure of Beach Drive. The Board of Trade recognizes the importance of this artery for egress and ingress of traffic into the District and green spaces. However, we believe this needs further review by the National Parks Services. The Board of Trade attended the July 8 live virtual public meeting on the future of beach drive hosted by the National Park Services (NPS). The Board of Trade will submit a similar request to the NPS in the coming days. Read the letter >>
- June 8, 2021: The MetroNow Coalition, of which the Board of Trade is a founding partner, sent a targeted list of recommendations to the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority ahead of it’s June 10 board meeting. Several of those recommendations regarding the bus system were adopted. Read the letter >>
- May 4, 2021: A letter to the members of the Maryland Board of Public Works in support of I-495 & I-270 Managed Lane Project went out from a coalition of organizations including the Board of Trade who has been advocating and testified before the Board of Public Works early this year in support of the project. Read the letter >>
- April 9, 2021: The Board of Trade joined a letter to MD Comptroller Franchot voicing support for the Maryland Department of Transportation’s efforts to move forward with Phase 1 of the Maryland Traffic Relief Plan, which includes replacing the aging American Legion Bridge and improving the heavily congested I-270 corridor. Read the letter >>
- March 10, 2021: Jack McDougle, President & CEO of the Board of Trade, discourages the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) from pursuing service cuts in a letter to the WMATA Board. Read the letter >>
- February 19, 2021: Jack McDougle, President & CEO of the Board of Trade, was quoted in a joint press release issued by U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) announcing a bill to renew federal funding for Metro for 10 years. Read the press release >>
- January 20, 2021: The Board of Trade joined the NOVA Transportation Coalition (organized by the NOVA Transportation Alliance) in urging local, regional, state, and federal policymakers to invest in our multimodal transportation infrastructure to improve our economic competitiveness, quality of life, environmental sustainability, and equitable access to opportunity. Read the Coalition Statement >>
- December 10, 2020: The Board of Trade joined the Greater Washington Partnership and more than 70 other regional organizations to press Congress to provide at least $32 billion in emergency funding for public transportation. Read the letter >>
CONVENING & COLLABORATION
- Jack McDougle, President & CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, sits on the Executive Steering Committee of the Washington Area Bus Transformation Project.