The region’s long-range transportation plan will be released to the public on Friday, and area residents will have the chance to weigh in at three upcoming Open Houses.
The Visualize 2045 Plan is an ambitious look at what the region’s transportation network could look like more than quarter century from now.
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments released some details of the plan, and notes that it contains not just what could “reasonably” be funded, but some more aspirational elements.
The main part of the Visualize 2045 plan is known as the “financially constrained” element, and that includes all projects that the region can “reasonably be expected to fund” between now and 2045. It also includes an analysis of how these projects might impact air quality.
This aspirational element, MWCOG said, “provides a new policy framework for its member jurisdictions to inform the contents of future regional transportation plans. It represents a call to action for jurisdictions and transportation agencies to develop projects, programs, and policies that reflect these ideas.”
As part of the aspirational portion of the plan, planners endorsed seven transportation initiatives, all designed to reduce congestion and promote alternatives to driving.
Another new wrinkle in the Visualize 2045 plan is an attempt to include 14 planning elements that factor into efforts to create a multi-modal transportation network. These 14 elements include things like freight planning, airport systems, intercity buses, emergency preparedness, and travel and tourism.
A Chance to Weigh In
The public can review the Visualize 2045 plan at three upcoming open houses. The details:
September 12, 4-7 p.m.
Upcounty Government Services Center
12900 Middlebrook Rd.
September 13, 5-7 p.m.
Ron Brown College Prep High School
4800 Meade St. NE
September 17, 4-7 p.m.
Virginia Department of Transportation
Northern Virginia District Office
4975 Alliance Dr.