Over the past two decades, significant investment and development downtown has resulted in increased employment, which in turn has added new drivers, bus commuters, and Metro passengers to the transportation network feeding the downtown core. As the economy improves and new offices open and downtown neighborhoods see reinvestment, the pressure on the downtown transportation network will increase, creating problems in gaining access to the District. These problems with traffic congestion and infrastructure deterioration can threaten future economic growth. For these reasons,FC2 will advocate for strategic infrastructure investments and policies that will bolster the District (and the region’s) competitive advantage.
With D.C.’s thriving economy and impressive urban transformation, more and more new residents – especially singles, young couples, and baby boomers – are flocking to the city. Long-term investments to renew and expand economic and social infrastructure will play a critical role in the District’s economic future and livability. The District needs to think about how to promote increased investment to meet the District’s infrastructure needs by deploying new strategies and leveraging untapped resources.