Last week, the Gray administration unveiled its sustainability plan, which sets some very ambitious, yet very important objectives for 2032, like attracting 250,000 new residents and making 75 percent of trips happen by walking, biking and transit, along with fewer greenhouse gas emissions, more access to healthy food, cleaner water and much more.
This plan is perhaps the boldest statement yet by a mayor about the city’s future. Some plans equivocate and promise everyone what they want. The sustainability plan does not. Our future is more walking, biking and transit, and many new residents who aren’t driving, says the mayor. Period.
To achieve these goals, agencies will have to push forward not just on their existing laudable initiatives, but go beyond. To shift the numbers of transit, walking, and bicycle trips, DC must do more than just build the streetcar and incrementally grow bicycle infrastructure. The administration also should set intermediate goals to push agencies to make significant progress each and every year.
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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