In Focus | New Mobility in Metro DC

The Washington, D.C., region is known for having some of the worst traffic in the country. And, while it no longer ranks in the Top 10 for horrendous driving commutes, it’s still not advisable to venture onto the Beltway at, say, 5:30 p.m. on a weekday, if you can possibly avoid it. But a new survey by the Transportation Planning Board shows some positive trends over the past decade: bicycle trips have doubled since the 2007-8 survey, and car commutes have decreased. And, remember, this is all pre-pandemic. Here, Kenneth Joh, Ph.D., senior statistical survey analyst at the Metropolitan Council of Governments and an instructor in the Georgetown Master’s in Urban & Regional Planning program, talks with Faculty Director Uwe Brandes about the region’s transportation bright spots and challenges.

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