Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (D) has been elected the 2018 Chair of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB). He will work on ways for the jurisdictions to improve coordination between land use and transportation planning, and address the stark east-wide divide in equity and access to transportation and to look at the future of transportation needs and challenges. The TPB is the federally designated metropolitan planning organization for metropolitan Washington. Working with local, state, regional and federal partners, the board provides data and analysis to decision makers and manages regional programs to advance safety and land-use coordination. To receive federal funding, transportation projects and programs must be included in the TPB’s regional plans.