How bad will area commutes be in 2040? Transportation planners look into the crystal ball
Transportation planners took out the crystal ball to present a profile of what things could look like in the year 2040 and how people will get around. The population is expected to grow in every county in the region. The number of jobs is expected to increase, too. It all means that the transportation system is expected to have almost 4 million more trips per day in 2040, according to the report from the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board. The authors note that all modes of transportation are projected to see more trips in 2040. Walk and bicycle trips are projected to see a 72 percent jump for commuters — that's 104,000 more trips. Transit trips are expected to increase 33 percent. Solo drivers are expected to increase 18 percent; carpooling could increase 40 percent.
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