Regional and Federal

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With over 5 million people, 8 congressional districts, 3 state-level governments, and 22 local jurisdictions, the Washington region certainly has its complexities, but it also has a rich history of working together through the regional Council of Governments (COG) and partnering on major projects like the Metro system. The Coalition for Smarter Growth has played a central role in promoting a more sustainable and equitable way for our region to grow via a network of walkable, inclusive transit-oriented communities (TOCs). Our 2002 Blueprint for a Better Region illustrated this approach, and led to the 2005 Reality Check visioning exercise, and the Council of Government’s (COG) 2010 Region Forward vision plan, and 2021 resolution to prioritize development at high-capacity transit stations.

Our Work in the DC region


Climate change and the regional Transportation Planning Board (TPB): We have just nine years to slash our greenhouse gas emissions and transportation is now our #1 source.  Our recent report shows electric vehicles will not be enough, transit-oriented communities are key to reducing emissions from driving. We are pressing regional officials to do more and move faster to shift funds from highways to transit and TOCs, both at COG’s Transportation Planning Board (TPB)  and at the Northern Virginia Regional Authority. Learn more >>>

Improving our Regional Transit Network: Having teamed with business allies in the MetroNow coalition in 2018 to win the first-ever dedicated funding for Metro, we are now working with MetroNow and other partners for Better Buses — more frequent, reliable and affordable, with improved networks and dedicated bus lanes, while continuing to press WMATA on safety, maintenance, transparency and communications. Learn more >>>

Latest Happenings


Latest Happenings


RELEASE: Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

RELEASE: Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

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PRESS RELEASEFor immediate release May 12, 2020 Contact:Stewart Schwartz703-599-6437 (cell) CSG Released the Following Statement from Executive Director Stewart Schwartz Senators Warner, Kaine, Cardin, Van Hollen Can Fix the Infrastructure Bill "The bipartisan infrastructure bill would pour record amounts of money into transportation. But there are critical flaws which should
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RELEASE: New Analysis Measures Racial and Economic Disparities in Transit Access Across National Capital Region

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2021.06.17-RELEASE_-New-Analysis-Measures-Racial-and-Economic-Disparities-in-Transit-Access-Across-National-Capital-RegionDownload For Immediate Release June 17, 2021 Contact Ben Fried, TransitCenter, 347-675-5592Stewart Schwartz, Coalition for Smarter Growth, 703-599-6437Ron Thompson, DC Transportation Equity Network, 202-780-7940 New Analysis Measures Racial and Economic Disparities in Transit Access Across National Capital Region The Transit Equity Dashboard illustrates inequities in access to jobs, health care,
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RELEASE CORRECTED: Removal of 495/270 Toll Lanes from Regional Plan

RELEASE CORRECTED: Removal of 495/270 Toll Lanes from Regional Plan

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2021.06.16-RELEASE-CORRECTED-re-TPB-Vote-on-Climate-495-270Download PRESS RELEASE – CORRECTED (to identify the correct motion maker) For Immediate ReleaseJune 16, 2021Contact:Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director, 703-599-6437 Concern about Climate Change Leads to Historic Vote at the Region’s Transportation Planning Board Vote removes 495/270 toll lanes from the long-range plan, requires next plan to meet climate goals
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Testimony: TPB Draft CLRP and Resolution by TPB Board Member Evan Glass

Testimony: TPB Draft CLRP and Resolution by TPB Board Member Evan Glass

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June 15, 2021 Hon. Charles Allen Chair, National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board Re: TPB Draft CLRP and Resolution by TPB Board Member Evan Glass Chair Allen and members of the TPB: We hope you all agree that climate change is an existential threat. You also know that transportation is
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Testimony to TPB re Climate & Visualize 2045

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2021.05.19-Testimony-to-TPB-re-Climate-Visualize2045Download May 19, 2021 Dear Chair Allen and TPB Board members: You have the opportunity to create a better Visualize 2045, not next time, but now. The region’s residents and future generations are counting on you, and climate science says that we can’t delay anymore. At last week’s COG Board
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