National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board

Jeff Dunckel, Pedestrian Safety Coordinator for Montgomery County, MD and George Branyan, Pedestrian Program Coordinator for Washington, DC recently sat down to discuss pedestrian safety issues in metropolitan Washington.

The video features a wide-ranging discussion of issues related to pedestrian and bicyclist safety including street design and land use changes, models for walkability, and the impact of the Street Smart program.

Street Smart (bestreetsmart.net) is a regional media and law enforcement campaign, aimed at reducing pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities in metropolitan Washington by raising awareness and encouraging behavior change among drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

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National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board

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The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the region, and plays an important role as the regional forum for transportation planning. The TPB prepares plans


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The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the region, and plays an important role as the regional forum for transportation planning. The TPB prepares plans and programs that the federal government must approve in order for federal-aid transportation funds to flow to the Washington region.

Members of the TPB include representatives of local governments; state transportation agencies; the Maryland and Virginia General Assemblies; the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; and non-voting members from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and federal agencies. The TPB has an extensive public involvement process, and provides a 30-day public comment period before taking action on plans and programs.

The TPB's planning area covers the District of Columbia and surrounding jurisdictions. In Maryland these jurisdictions include Charles County, Frederick County, Montgomery County, and Prince George's County, plus the cities of Bowie, College Park, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Greenbelt, Rockville, and Takoma Park. In Virginia, the planning area includes Alexandria, Arlington County, the City of Fairfax, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Loudoun County, The Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, and Prince William County.

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