Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Federal Government Wants Your Opinion on Transportation Planning

The National Capital Planning Commission is distributing an email flyer inviting the public to participate in an open forum on transportation policy.  The DC's government's 20-year city planning document, the Comprehensive Plan, is overdue for an update, and one chapter of that plan, dealing with "the Federal Element" and specifically, how federal workers use the regional transportation network to get to their jobs, will be the topic of the forum.

Date: Tuesday, November 16
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Location: National Capital Planning Commission
401 9th Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004
RSVP: CompPlan (at) NCPC (dot) gov (RSVPs are encouraged but not required)

If you'd like to learn more about the policy questions under consideration before you attend the forum on Tuesday, you can tune into a live online chat earlier that day, hosted by David Alpert, the editor of the urban planning blog Greater Greater Washington and featuring guest David Zaidner, NCPC's Senior Urban Planner. The online chat will be on from noon to 1pm on Tuesday, November 16 at the Greater Greater Washington site.

NCPC hopes to initiate the discussion by tossing up a few provocative questions to consider:

Will the future federal workforce in Washington skateboard, walk, and/or use hovercraft to commute? That's the teaser from the NCPC flyer. And now the real questions -- which are more what you'd expect from policy planners:
  • How can the federal government become better integrated in to the city/regional transportation network? 
  • How are regional commuting patterns changing and what will this mean to federal employees? 
  • How might the policies of the Comprehensive Plan better respond to Executive Order 13514: Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance? 

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