Arlington County Commuter Services

Overview

Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) is the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) agency of Arlington County, Virginia. ACCS was established in 1989 in order to enhance Arlington's economic vitality. Its mission involves reducing traffic congestion, decreasing parking demand, promoting maximum use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) infrastructure, and improving air quality and mobility in and around Arlington. ACCS provides information and services to increase the use of alternative transportation through programs including WalkArlington, BikeArlington, Arlington Transportation Partners, The Commuter Store, CommuterDirect.com, TDM for Site Plan Development, Research, and Mobility Lab. See below for more information about each program.

Since its inception, ACCS has continuously improved upon its performance and level of impact on the Arlington community. On an average workday in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, the services provided by ACCS shifted approximately 40,100 auto trips to higher occupancy modes of travel, including rail, bus, ridesharing, as well to walking and bicycling. As a point of reference, during the three hour peak commute period 37,000 vehicles travel through Arlington on I-66 and I-395. On an annual basis, this reduction in travel equates to almost 7.2 million gallons of fuel saved and significant reductions in climate changing greenhouse gases.

Photo: Capital Bikeshare bikeACCS performs this important task of information provision for Arlington County by implementing Transportation Demand Management (TDM) programs and strategies that promote public transit, walking, biking, carpooling, vanpooling, telecommuting, and other options that reduce the demand for vehicular travel, lessen congestion and air pollution, and improve accessibility. ACCS serves as an information and educational resource center for residents, employees, and visitors who travel to and within the County.

ACCS is a bureau of Arlington County's Transportation Division in the Department of Environmental Services. ACCS is funded in part by grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT).

ACCS Vision

A place where it is easy and desirable for everyone to choose to get around by transit, walking, biking, and sharing the ride.

ACCS Mission

To provide Arlington residents, employees, business, and visitors with transportation information and services to support a vibrant and livable community.

Strategic Plan Update 2015 CoverArlington County Commuter Services Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Strategic Plan

ACCS prides ourselves in planning for and adjusting with the changing trends within Arlington County and the transportation and TDM industry in general. ACCS tracks our performance to ensure progress toward each of our stated goals and objectives and uses the results of the progress to inform our annual Strategic Plan.

ACCS Programs and Services

ACCS accomplishes its mission by encouraging people who live, work or commute through Arlington to use mass transit, car and vanpool, bicycle, walk, telecommute and use other alternatives to driving alone. ACCS does this through a number of programs and services, detailed below.

The Commuter Store®, Mobile Commuter Store, & CommuterDirect.com®,

Photo: Commuter Store

The Commuter Store, Mobile Commuter Store, and CommuterDirect.com sell fares for Washington, DC-area transit systems. CommuterDirect.com provides online fare sales. Customers can receive tickets and passes by mail, or pick them up at The Commuter Store. The Commuter Store has four retail locations in Arlington and one in Odenton, Maryland. The Mobile Commuter Store makes scheduled visits to locations in Arlington and Washington, DC.

In addition to selling fares, The Commuter Store and Mobile Commuter Store also offer printed transit schedules and maps, and the stores' Commuter Specialists can provide information about transit, carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling, teleworking, and more.

Photo: Pedestrians and cyclists on streetWalkArlington

WalkArlington strives to get more people walking more of the time by promoting the health, environmental, economic, community-building, and transportation benefits of walking.

BikeArlington

BikeArlington's goal is to get more Arlingtonians biking more often, whether they're commuting, shopping, or just having fun. The region-wide bikesharing program, Capital Bikeshare, is supported by BikeArlington's efforts.

Arlington Transportation Partners – Employer Services

Arlington Transportation Partners offers free services for Arlington employers (613 member companies representing 135,600 employees), residential communities (301 member buildings representing 69,252 apartment/ condo units), developers and visitor services (to 41 hotels) to set up commuter benefits programs.

TDM For Site Plan Development

The Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program for Site Plan Development coordinates real estate site plan development with commuter and transit services. The program seeks to mitigate the transportation impacts of residential and commercial real estate development projects by encouraging the use of transit, ridesharing, biking, walking, and other alternatives. The program also reviews development proposals, applies TDM policy, and creates TDM Site Plan conditions. They enforce and monitor more than 120 site plans.

Photo: Bikes on MetrobusResearch

ACCS conducts surveys and studies in order to quantify the impacts of its programs, and uses this body of research to inform the strategic direction and rationale for ACCS services. ACCS research is available at MobilityLab.org.

Call Center, Fulfillment Center, Distribution & Logistics

  • Call Center for Arlington Transit and websites
  • Brochure distribution; 600,000 pieces delivered annually
  • Bus stop signage information program (500+ bus stops)

Mobility Lab

The Mobility Lab nurtures innovations to a fundamental requirement of human life: transportation.  It is a place of collaboration, education and continuous improvement for moving people in more healthy, efficient and sustainable ways.

Marketing and Promotions

Funding

Federal and State Support

About 50% of the ACCS budget comes from Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ); another 26% from State grants called TDM/Commuter Services, Transit Aid, and Transit Technical Assistance.

Photo: ART bus

Funds Generated by ACCS Programs

ACCS is partially self-funded by commissions and fees on the sale of fare media, and by site plan contributions for traffic mitigation.

Is It Worth It?

The work that ACCS does supports the investment the County has made in its land use plan and transportation infrastructure, resulting in better use of Arlington's transportation system. (See Overview, Vision and Mission, above.) Getting more people to take transit, carpool, bike, and walk reduces traffic congestion, improves air quality, benefits Arlington businesses, and has a positive impact on public health and quality of life. There are many benefits for a modest investment by Arlington taxpayers.

Effectiveness

ACCS does ongoing research on the effectiveness of its programs to find out what's working and what could be improved. The results of these studies are available in the Arlington County Transportation Demand Management Research Center.

Did You Know?

Arlington County is one of only 15 Gold-level Walk Friendly Communities in the U.S.

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

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110 Trail
712
14th Street Bridge
1823
Arlington Mill Trail
429
Ballston Connector
260
Bluemont Connector
226
CC Connector
0
Clarendon EB bike lane
230
Custis Bon Air Park
1130
Custis Rosslyn
1224
Fairfax EB bike lane
126
Joyce St NB
42
Joyce St SB
40
Key Bridge East
1197
Key Bridge West
580
Military NB bike lane
48
Military SB bike lane
50
MVT Airport South
2731
Quincy NB bike lane
87
Quincy SB bike lane
85
Roosevelt Bridge
324
Rosslyn Bikeometer
0
TR Island Bridge
0
WOD Bon Air Park
1609
WOD Bon Air West
1868
WOD Columbia Pike
1254
WOD East Falls Church
1611
Wilson WB bike lane
243

Peds counted

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110 Trail
705
14th Street Bridge
213
Arlington Mill Trail
526
Ballston Connector
305
Bluemont Connector
281
CC Connector
0
Custis Bon Air Park
363
Custis Rosslyn
259
Joyce St NB
62
Joyce St SB
101
Key Bridge East
2432
Key Bridge West
1251
MVT Airport South
132
Roosevelt Bridge
100
TR Island Bridge
1373
WOD Bon Air Park
411
WOD Bon Air West
494
WOD Columbia Pike
525
WOD East Falls Church
344

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
4444708
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