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Regional Plan Association
Regional Plan Association is America's oldest and most distinguished independent urban research and advocacy group. Now in its 86th year, RPA prepares long range plans and policies to guide the growth and development of the New York- New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region. RPA also provides leadership on national infrastructure, sustainability, and competitiveness concerns. RPA enjoys broad support from the region's and nation's business, philanthropic, civic, and planning communities.
America 2050 is a national planning initiative to develop a framework for America's future development in face of rapid population growth, demographic change and infrastructure needs in the 21st century. A major focus of America 2050 is the emergence of megaregions -- large networks of metropolitan areas, where most of the population growth by mid-century will take place -- and how to organize governance, infrastructure, and land use planning at this new urban scale. A project of the independent Regional Plan Association, America 2050 is working to shape and support the new federal High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program because of high-speed rail's potential realize the economic promise of megaregions and act as a transformative investment for America's future growth.