Press Releases

PRESS RELEASE: Bias in VDOT 495 Southside Study

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"VDOT's study is inherently biased because they determine their own conclusion even before doing detailed study. By defining the Purpose to be "extend the express toll lanes," they are intentionally foreclosing other options," said Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth.
RELEASE: Saving Metro vs. Subsidizing the Commanders

RELEASE: Saving Metro vs. Subsidizing the Commanders

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Closing the WMATA budget gap would cost a fraction per Metro system user compared to proposed subsidies for new Commanders stadium seats.

RELEASE: Advocates Call for Alternatives to Governor’s Toll Lane Plan 

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Today the Moore Administration announced it will seek a federal grant to advance former Gov. Hogan’s defective plan for toll lanes on I-495 across the American Legion Bridge to the I-270 spur, and the I-270 west spur.  Our partners and policy makers have proposed a range of toll-lane alternatives that can provide congestion relief alone or in combination. These include bus rapid transit networks on parallel roads; incentives for telework and flexible work hours; converting a lane on I-495 for bus, vanpools and HOV; reversible lanes during rush hour; metered ramps and other features included in the successful Innovation Congestion Management Program on I-270; addressing the East-West economic, racial and commuting divide through transit-oriented development; quickly completing the Purple Line and planning for Metrorail or light rail over the American Legion and Woodrow Wilson Bridges.
RELEASE: Wider Roads Fail and the Public Knows This

RELEASE: Wider Roads Fail and the Public Knows This

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In short, the public understands that “induced demand” is real, even if they are not aware of the term itself. Today, when officials in the DC region are planning for at least 900 more lane miles of highway and arterial road expansion and amid the ongoing debate over high-occupancy toll lanes for 495/270 in Maryland and 495 through Alexandria, the Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG) urged officials to reconsider these plans.

RELEASE: Prince George’s County Safer Streets Legislation Hailed by Community Advocates

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The Walkable Urban Streets Act will require county officials to apply its own urban street design standards and update the standards to keep abreast with national best practices. Better street designs will make urban centers safer and foster transit-oriented economic development.