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Friday, March 8, 2013

Transportation Plan Advisory Committee (TPAC)

What is the TPAC?
The Transportation Plan Advisory Committee (TPAC) has an important role in supporting the moveDC planning process. The committee's membership speaks for a wide range of viewpoints and provides input into the moveDC process and planning products. The TPAC is made up of District residents from each Ward active in transportation-related issue or other civic endeavors. The TPAC is charged with advising the project team throughout the plan development process. They also will help extend the plan's outreach efforts.
Who is on the TPAC?
TPAC members were selected for their interest in transportation in the District. Members of the TPAC are:
·        District residents from across the city (all wards)
·        Leaders in:
o   Complete streets
o   Transportation and land use coordination
o   Transportation equity
·        Members of:
o   Committee of 100
o   Federal City Council, Transportation Committee
o   WMATA Riders Advisory Council
o   Safe Routes to School Program
o   Pedestrian Advisory Council (PAC)
o   Bicycle Advisory Council (BAC)
o   Business Improvement Districts
o   Destination DC
o   Washington DC Economic Partnership
·        Experienced with the development of Circulator and DC Streetcar
·        Supporters of:
o   Accessibility*
o   Aging-in-place*
o   Bicycling and walking
o   Big changes
o   Businesses
o   Equity
o   Neighborhoods
o   Families
o   Schools
o   Transit
o   Transportation choices
o   Tourism
o   Youth* 
*Additional TPAC members with specific interest in these areas are being confirmed
Current confirmed members of the moveDC TPAC are:
·        David Alpert
·        Anne Marie Bairstow
·        Neha Bhatt
·        James Bunn
·        George Clark
·        Cheryl Cort
·        Anita Hairston
·        Elliot Ferguson
·        Jeff Green
·        Ellen Jones
·        Patricia King-Adams
·        Eric Kugler
·        Jair Lynch
·        Barbara McCann
·        Sandra Moscoso-Mills
·        Keith Sellars
·        Joe Sternlieb
What happened at the 1st TPAC Meeting?

We got right down to business asking the TPAC and public the following questions as conversation starters:
·        What things have been done within the last 10 years that have made travel easier/better for you?

·        What could be done to make your everyday trips easier?

·        What are the most significant challenges that DC will face in the next 30 years?

·        What are our biggest long-term opportunities?

·        What should we be trying to achieve in DC with this plan over the next 30 years?

The discussion spent time answering some of these questions, but also offered opportunities for related comments. Some of the themes of the discussion are below:
·        Many transportation connections are missing in DC
·        People make rational transportation decisions based on time, money, and safety
·        People outside the “core” (downtown DC) want more transportation options to choose from
·        More coordination is needed between transportation modes
·        Times are changing and we need to plan for today and tomorrow
·        Aging in-place, accessibility, and family transportation needs are important
·        DC has good bones to leverage
·        Transportation information is valuable and should be more accessible
A full meeting summary will be posted soon at 

What do you think?

Do you have opinions about the TPAC, the questions listed above, or the meeting discussion?
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