Coordinated Commuter Rail Would Support Equitable Regional Growth in Washington, D.C., Panelists Say

A coordinated regional commuter rail system envisioned for the national capital region could unlock opportunities and increase equity for residents and neighborhoods, panelists asserted during a session Thursday at the 2022 ULI Spring Meeting in San Diego.

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