• The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments recently endorsed the National Capital Trail Network!
  • Priority trails in Fairfax include I-66 Parallel Trail, Arlington Boulevard Trail, and South County East-West Trail.

In another major step forward for regional trails, biking, and walking, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ (COG) Board of Directors on August 12, 2020, unanimously endorsed the National Capital Trail Network—a concept for a continuous 1,400-mile network of off-street trails. COG is an independent, nonprofit association, with a membership of 300 elected officials from 24 local governments, the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures, and the US Congress.

The ambitious vision for a regional trail network is being promoted by the Capital Trails Coalition, of which FABB is a proud member, along with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the nation’s largest trails organization, and WABA, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. The COG’s endorsement underlines the broad public support for safe, accessible and equitable trails connecting diverse communities across the Washington Metropolitan region.

The COG’s Transportation Planning Board formally adopted the trails network late last month, which enables specified trail projects to be prioritized for funding from the federal Transportation Alternatives Program and the Transportation Land-Use Connections Program. Priority trails in Fairfax include the new I-66 Parallel Trail, the Arlington Boulevard Trail (in Seven Corners), and South County East-West Trail.

You can check out these trails on the Fairfax County print map here.

Again, FABB is proud to be part of the Capital Trails Coalition, which is a collaboration of public and private organizations, agencies, and citizen volunteers working to advance completion of an interconnected network of multi-use trails for metropolitan Washington, DC. Learn more about CTC here.

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