Policy Foundation

Long Range Goals and Policies

Woven into the Arlington vision is the pursuit of excellence – in quality of life, economic vitality and opportunity, environmental quality, and responsible use of resources. Arlington’s pursuit of sustainable mobility follows clearly in this tradition, with sustainable transportation priorities reinforced year after year, goal after goal, plan after plan:

“Arlington will be a diverse and inclusive world-class urban community with secure, attractive residential and commercial neighborhoods where people unite to form a caring, learning, participating, sustainable community in which each person is important.” Arlington County Vision

“Arlington’s vision of transportation is a system that provides equity and access to all users. It involves concentrating investment in ways that yield the greatest good not only from a transportation standpoint, but also for overall quality of life of Arlington residents and workers. Arlington’s vision for its transportation system also supports community efforts to improve our natural environment and achieve better public health and fitness. In Arlington the benefits of coordinating land use and transportation planning—that is, bringing life’s routine destinations closer together, closer to home, and closer to efficient transportation—have played an important part in the transformation of Arlington to a model urban community.” Arlington County Master Transportation Plan

"Arlington is an urban county with award-winning transit-oriented development and innovative transportation demand management programs. As a result, only 21% of its energy is used for transportation including personal and commercial vehicles, buses, and rail… Energy use in transportation is as varied as in buildings, with substantial contributions from personal vehicles, commercial fleets, rail, and bus transit. Of the energy use related to transportation, over half is from non-residents who commute to jobs in Arlington, travel through the County, or travel to one of the County's numerous retail options... Reducing Arlington's transportation-related carbon emissions from 3.7 to 1.0 metric tons CO2e/capita/year by 2050 represents a 73% decrease in CO2 emissions from transportation sources. This may seem like an ambitious target, but if vehicles drove 20% less, were 75% more fuel efficient, and used fuels that produced 30% less carbon by 2050 it could be achieved. " - Arlington Community Energy Plan (PDF, 1.3 MB, Adobe Reader required)

1990 TDM Policy

Arlington’s initial TDM policy for site plan development  (PDF, 29 KB, Adobe Reader required) was adopted by the County Board in 1990. This TDM Policy was the result of a joint task force of the Arlington County Planning and Transportation commissions, and a consequence of the comprehensive site plan review process headed by the Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (DCPHD). The 1990 TDM Policy focused on changing commuter travel habits, and in particular aimed to reduce peak-hour traffic by reducing single-occupant vehicle trips. It seeks to achieve this goal by encouraging the use of transit, ridesharing, biking, walking, telecommuting, or travel outside of peak hours. TDM-related site plan conditions on development projects have evolved over the years to address various commercial and residential development situations, and the toolbox of TDM strategies has grown and changed as has the state of the art.

Did You Know?

You could save $816 a month if you switch from driving to public transportation for your commute.

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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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