The Greater Washington Partnership — a group of high-profile CEOs representing the Baltimore-Washington-Richmond corridor — is out with its long-bandied report on how to pull the three cities together into a powerful super region with an emphasis on improving transportation. (See the Capital Region Blueprint for Regional Mobility.)
“[A]s the population continues to grow, the [transportation] system is on path to become a liability that undermines our competitiveness and impedes our quality of life,” the report says.
Among the group’s recommendations: creating a seamless commuter rail network for the region, expanding the region’s highway performance-driven toll lane network (including toll lanes on the Beltway and Interstate 270 in Maryland), investigating a system to charge motorists entering Washington’s most congested business districts, enhancing public transit throughout the super region with an emphasis on Washington region’s bus network, and growing commuter programs at the region’s private employers.
The partnership’s “Blueprint for Regional Mobility” study suggests expenditures of $7 billion annually through 2045, in addition to the billions already planned for transportation improvements through region.
The report says the Baltimore-to-Richmond region, already some 10.2 million strong, is expected to see congestion grow nearly 150 percent from 2015 levels by 2040 — even with already planned investments. (Continued)