Conquering the Commute: Solutions for Washington Transit

December 14, 2012 - 8:30 am - 11:00 am | The Washington Post, 1150 15th Street NW
The Washington region’s economic vitality is directly connected to the efficiency of our region’s roads, rails and airports. Washington Post Live gathered experts to discuss how transportation updates and investments are crucial to the health of the region and to highlight the latest in smart improvements that create jobs and keep DC-area commuting efficient.

Video highlights

 

Cardin: Carbon-based tax for long-term transportation funding

Cardin: Carbon-based tax for long-term transportation funding

Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md) says the most promising source of long-term funding for transportation is connected to an energy-based policy.
Alpert on tension between drivers and bicyclists

Alpert on tension between drivers and bicyclists

David Alpert, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Greater Greater Washington, discusses how bike lanes have led to greater peace between drivers and bicyclists.
Ross on designing bicycle and pedestrian-friendly streets

Ross on designing bicycle and pedestrian-friendly streets

Ben Ross, Action Committee for Transit, says pedestrians and bicylists should not be an afterthought when planning suburban streets.
Schwartz on funding for projects

Schwartz on funding for projects

Stewart Schwartz, Founder and Executive Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth, says there are several projects being advanced that would save billions of dollars if they weren’t built, such as Rt. 460 in Virginia.
Swaim-Staley on what Metro should look like ten years from now

Swaim-Staley on what Metro should look like ten years from now

Beverly Swaim-Staley, Union Station Redevelopment Corp, says “I think Union Station is probably a prototype for what you would want at other stations.”
How much should we be investing in roads and transit in the outer suburbs?

How much should we be investing in roads and transit in the outer suburbs?

Bob Chase, President, Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, says greather access is needed since most of the economic and population growth is occuring beyond the beltway.
Tregoning on car ownership and parking

Tregoning on car ownership and parking

Harriet Tregoning, Director, Office of Planning, DC, says “nearly 40% of households in the city don’t have even a single automobile.”
Kirby: Big new transportation investment is not most important thing in eastern part of region

Kirby: Big new transportation investment is not most important thing in eastern part of region

Ronald Kirby, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, says we need to convince the market to take advantage of opportunities in the eastern part of the region.

 

Panel discussion: Riding the Rails and Catching the Bus

Panel discussion: Riding the Rails and Catching the Bus

Full panel discussion with Henry Kay, Ben Ross, and Beverley Swaim-Staley at Washington Post Live’s Conquering the Commute: Solutions for Washington Transit forum.
Interview: Senator Ben Cardin

Interview: Senator Ben Cardin

Full interview with Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md) at Washington Post Live’s Conquering the Commute: Solutions for Washington Transit forum.
Panel: The Future Shape of our Region’s Road System

Panel: The Future Shape of our Region’s Road System

Full panel discussion with Bob Chase, Ronald Kirby, and Stewart Schwartz at Washington Post Live’s Conquering the Commute forum.

Photo highlights

Rob Puentes, Senior Fellow and Director, Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative, Brookings Institution delivers opening remarks.( Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan) (Jeffrey MacMillan/JEFFREY MACMILLAN FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

  • Rob Puentes, Senior Fellow and Director, Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative, Brookings Institution delivers opening remarks.( Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan)
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  • Ben Ross, Vice President, Action Committee for Transit; Chair, Transit First Coalition. ( Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan)
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  • Henry Kay, Executive Director for Transit Development and Delivery, Maryland Transportation Administration ( Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan)
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  • WASHINGTON,DC. DEC.14, 2012. Washington Post LIVE: Panel discussion: Riding the Rails and Catching the Bus. Beverley Swaim-Staley, President, Union Station Redevelopment Corp, in Washington, DC .12/14/12.( Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan)
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  • Panel discussion: A View from Capitol Hill Ben Cardin, Senator (D-MD) (Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan)
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  • Senator Ben Cardin, Senator (D-MD) ( Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan)
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  • Panel: The Future Shape of our Region – Roads, Transit and Land Use ( Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan)
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  • Stewart Schwartz, Founder and CEO, Coalition for Smarter Growth ( Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan)
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  • Panel discussion: Riding the Rails and Catching the Bus ( Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan)
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  • Bob Chase, President, Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance ( Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan)
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  • Harriet Tregoning, Director, Office of Planning, District of Columbia ( Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan)
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  • David Alpert, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Greater Greater Washington ( Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan)
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  • Jim Sebastian, Supervisory Transportation Planner, DC Department of Transportation ( Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan)
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  • Panel: The Future Shape of our Region – Roads, Transit and Land Use ( Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan)
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  • Ronald Kirby, Director, Department of Transportation Planning, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments ( Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan)
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  • Solutions for Washington Transit, with Bob McCartney as Moderator ( Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan)
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Speakers

Ben Cardin

Ben Cardin

U.S. Senator, D - Maryland

Beverley Swaim-Staley

Beverley Swaim-Staley

President and CEO, Union Station Redevelopment Corporation

Stewart Schwartz

Stewart Schwartz

Executive Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth

Jim Sebastian

Jim Sebastian

Supervisory Transportation Planner, DC Department of Transportation

Bob Chase

Bob Chase

President, Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance

Ben Ross

Ben Ross

Vice President, Action Committee for Transit; Chair, Transit First Coalition

Harriet Tregoning

Harriet Tregoning

Director, Office of Planning, District of Columbia

Robert Puentes

Robert Puentes

Senior Fellow and Director, Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative, Brookings Institution

David Alpert

David Alpert

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Greater Greater Washington

Henry Kay

Henry Kay

Executive Director for Transit Development and Delivery, Maryland Transportation Administration

Ronald Kirby

Ronald Kirby

Director, Department of Transportation Planning, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments