Convenient, Sustainable Transportation Choices 

To build a sustainable and equitable transportation system, we need to focus on moving people, not just cars. 

That means providing more transportation choices: expanding our transit network; providing frequent, reliable transit service; investing in protected bike lanes, trails, bikeshare, ample sidewalks, and safer streets; and focusing on maintaining existing road infrastructure instead of expanding highways and widening roads. 

These measures will make it possible for us to choose to drive less and meet more of our daily needs through options like transit, walking, biking, and scooting.

Provide convenient, frequent, and reliable public transit

Public transit, including our Metro system and local bus services, provides an affordable, convenient, and sustainable way to travel. It is essential for supporting our network of transit-oriented communities and corridors, and to a thriving, economically competitive, and inclusive D.C. region. 

To make public transit a great option for all, it must be frequent, fast, and reliable, have dedicated lanes as much as possible, and connect us to where we need to go — work, shopping, gathering with friends and family, and more.

Invest in safe, comfortable walking and biking 

For more people to choose walking and biking to get around, we must make these options safe, comfortable, and well-connected to the places we need to go. This includes investing in wider sidewalks, protected bike lanes, trails, high-visibility and shorter street crossings, and street trees

Wide, dangerous roads that prioritize speed make our roads less safe for everyone. Instead, we should design our streets for travel speeds that make them safer for all users – people walking, people biking, and people driving.

Shift away from highways and arterial road expansion

Transportation should connect our communities – not divide them. The vast expansion of highways and roads has separated our neighborhoods and resulted in sprawl development that requires driving to get to most places, adds more traffic, and increases climate emissions. 

In fact, data shows that widening major roads and highways actually results in more driving, canceling out any congestion-reduction benefits in as little as five to ten years, a phenomenon called “induced demand”. 

A more sustainable solution is creating walkable, transit-accessible communities with connected local street networks. Providing more opportunities to live in a walkable community and to walk, bike, and use transit is more effective in reducing the number of cars crowding arterial roads and highways.

Latest Happenings

Joint Letter to COG-WMATA re Table for LT Metro Funding

The undersigned groups commend regional elected officials and staff for identifying $480 million in funding to support WMATA FY25 operations. Our non-profit and labor organizations worked to support this additional funding, as we did during the successful effort to win $500 million in capital funding in 2018. However, we all recognize that the region needs to once and for all identify a long-term, sustainable, reliable, dedicated funding solution for WMATA. 

TAKE ACTION: Help secure funding for good transit, walk, bike & safe streets projects in Northern Virginia

The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) is deciding among a range of projects competing for its six-year program of regional funding. Please comment to support good projects – and oppose using limited public funds on wasteful oversized road projects.

Comments: 2024 Master Plan of Highways and Transitways Update (Montgomery County)

We believe it is appropriate to reclassify unbuilt segments of M-83 as “no longer a master planned road” in this update of the Master Plan of Highways and Transitways.
PRESS STATEMENT: Restore Virginia Metro Funding!

PRESS STATEMENT: Restore Virginia Metro Funding!

The groups signing onto this press statement urge the General Assembly to reject Governor Youngkin’s budget amendment and restore the funding the General Assembly agreed to.

Testimony: FY25 Operating Budget (Montgomery County, Support with Amendments)

We are glad to see record levels of funding for affordable housing production and preservation in this year’s capital and operating budgets, and thank the Council and County Executive for consistently increasing funding for affordable housing year over year.