Our transportation priorities
BeyondDC wrote about the latest Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), released by MWCOG's Transportation Planning Board. This summarizes all transportation projects through 2014 that the region's governments have funded or plan to fund.
DC's contains a lot of streetscapes and Great Streets programs, but the biggest items are $717 million for South Capitol Street and the Frederick Douglass Bridge and $447 million for the 11th Street bridge. Maryland's is totally dwarfed by the Intercounty Connector, $2.1 billion dollars big and getting stupider every day. Virginia, on the other hand, has almost no bike trails or pedestrian-friendly roads in their plan, but they have chosen to put most of their state's transportation priorities behind transit with $4.5 billion for the Dulles Metrorail (Silver Line) project, while also blowing over $1 billion on Beltway HOT lanes.
Below are pie charts summarizing the spending priorities of each jurisdiction.
"Cars and people" represent projects which improve streets in ways that benefit everyone, such as road reconstructions that include sidewalks and bike lanes as a major portion. But widening a small road into a big four-lane highway and saying that "sidewalks will be constructed where appropriate" and "wide curb lanes will provide space for bicycles," as in many Maryland projects, doesn't count. "Pedestrians & biycles" includes off-street trails, recreational parkland, and programs to encourage non-motorized commuting.
Update: I've resized each pie to have an area proportional to the total amount of spending for each jurisdiction (thanks Michael) and fixed an error where two numbers were reversed in the legend (thanks Becca).
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