For students to showcase their creativity, skills, and talent by visualizing the benefits of the Capital Region Rail Vision.

The Greater Washington Partnership is a civic alliance of the region’s leading employers and entrepreneurs committed to making the Capital Region—from Baltimore to Richmond—one of the world’s best places to live, work, and build a business. Within the Partnership umbrella, the Capital CoLAB is an action-oriented partnership of employers and academic institutions that executes initiatives to develop the talent needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

The Partnership’s Regional Mobility & Infrastructure team and the Capital CoLAB are hosting a competition for students to showcase their creativity, skills, and talent and help the Partnership visualize the benefits of the Capital Region Rail Vision for a wider audience. Submissions must visually answer:

“Why should you care about the Capital Region Rail Vision? What benefits will you see in 2045?”

Students may use their creativity to answer these questions from their own perspective or for their community, another jurisdiction, or any stakeholder group whose perspective they wish to explore. Students at CoLAB partner universities may work as individuals or on teams to visualize the benefits of the Capital Region Rail Vision. Learn more about the competition and FAQs.

Join us on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 1pm for a Q&A Webinar where Partnership staff will answer any questions you have about the competition or the Capital Region Rail Vision. This session will be recorded for those who cannot attend live.

Capital Region Rail Vision

In 2021, the Partnership released the Capital Region Rail Vision. The Rail Vision lays out a 25-year roadmap for how the Capital Region can transform its current commuter rail systems into one truly regional rail network. The Vision includes infrastructure upgrades that will allow for greatly expanded rail service using the existing network of tracks and stations. The Rail Vision calls for seamless, integrated run-through rail service between MARC and VRE and greatly expanded service on the existing network, rather than a greatly expanded network (i.e., not planning for new corridors). This creates challenges to visually show the benefits in a clear and intuitive way. However, this region has some of the best talent in the world. This competition will engage the talent and creativity of CoLAB students to help visually share the benefits of the Capital Region Rail Vision with a wider audience.

Example Submission

A student visualizes today’s regional rail service (using GTFS feeds VRE, MARC, and Amtrak) compared to the Rail Vision’s 2045 service levels (Technical Report Table 1, p. 15) by creating a Frequency Map that clearly shows how the Rail Vision will create a more useful regional rail network with more opportunities for communities across the region.

Cool Ideas

Selection Criteria 

Important Dates

Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 1pm: Q&A Webinar where Partnership staff will answer any questions you have about the competition or the Capital Region Rail Vision. This session will be recorded for those who cannot attend live.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021: Submission Deadline
Wednesday, July 1-13, 2021: Finalists announced and shared on social media
Wednesday, July 14, 2021: Winners announced

Please contact John Hillegass, Manager, Regional Mobility & Infrastructure at [email protected] with any questions. 

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