The Blueprint For Regional Mobility, which is the first ever comprehensive strategy for Capital Region to better connect residents of Baltimore, Washington and Richmond, has been released by the Greater Washington Partnership.
The Blueprint provides a long-term vision for the transportation of region and comes at a time when Amazon’s 25,000 new jobs for HQ2 are coming to the region. The seven solutions and 20 actions proposed in the Blueprint can transform the transport in the region, and also provide more access to essential destinations for many families in the region.
“The Blueprint is the direct product of 16 months of intensive dialogue between hundreds of our region’s government, business, and civic leaders, transportation advocates and experts, and labor leaders, all of whom have a key stake in ushering in a unified transportation system that will support our growing twenty-first century economy,” said Jason Miller, CEO of the Greater Washington Partnership.
“The Blueprint builds off prior plans by uniting disparate efforts, removing recognized hurdles and coordinating great ideas into a coherent strategy that will move the region forward, together,” added Miller.
Faster commutes and improved transportation options are promised in the Blueprint’s strategy for the Greater Capital region.
“My time in public service as well as in the private sector taught me the challenges of coordinating multiple stakeholders to produce a comprehensive plan of this scale,” said Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman and CEO of EY and co-chair of the Partnership’s Regional Mobility Initiative. Weinberger added that the Partnership has identified policies to leverage talent and resources in the Capital Region, creating solutions for businesses, workers and families.
The recommendations draw from data-driven analysis and best practices designed for the region that addresses planning, advocacy, execution, funding, and engagement of stakeholders.
“Our transportation system, which has helped drive the region’s economic success, is not keeping pace with the needs of the region’s 10.2 million residents. The Blueprint is exactly the bold call to action we need right now and one that will bridge years of uncoordinated regional investments and policies,” said Joe McAndrew, the Partnership’s Director of Transportation Policy.
“It is time for stakeholders across the region, from Baltimore to Richmond, to come together to build the Capital Region the world-class transportation system it deserves.”