How DC-area leaders are planning for expected 1.5 million new residents over next 25 years

The number of people expected to move to the D.C. area in the next 25 years is equal to the entire population of Philadelphia, and plans are in the works to prevent the anticipated addition of 1.5 million residents from worsening the region’s gridlock.

“I think this region is getting its transportation mojo,” said Chuck Bean, executive director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Citing examples of success, Bean noted that Maryland and Virginia have an agreement for a new American Legion Bridge, localities now help fund WMATA/Metro, and plans are progressing to address the bottleneck at the only railroad bridge connecting D.C. and Virginia.