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?

Each U.S. rush-hour auto commuter spends an average of 50 hours a year stuck in traffic.

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

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110 Trail
382
14th Street Bridge
1503
Arlington Mill Trail
193
Ballston Connector
155
Bluemont Connector
116
CC Connector
464
Clarendon EB bike lane
133
Custis Bon Air Park
552
Custis Rosslyn
936
Fairfax EB bike lane
108
Joyce St NB
18
Joyce St SB
19
Key Bridge East
679
Key Bridge West
499
Military NB bike lane
14
Military SB bike lane
18
MVT Airport South
1190
Quincy NB bike lane
50
Quincy SB bike lane
49
Roosevelt Bridge
299
Rosslyn Bikeometer
836
TR Island Bridge
707
WOD Bon Air Park
345
WOD Bon Air West
667
WOD Columbia Pike
348
WOD East Falls Church
511
Wilson WB bike lane
163

Peds counted

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110 Trail
412
14th Street Bridge
204
Arlington Mill Trail
483
Ballston Connector
322
Bluemont Connector
496
CC Connector
365
Custis Bon Air Park
353
Custis Rosslyn
412
Joyce St NB
59
Joyce St SB
91
Key Bridge East
1813
Key Bridge West
1043
MVT Airport South
360
Roosevelt Bridge
78
TR Island Bridge
403
WOD Bon Air Park
391
WOD Bon Air West
530
WOD Columbia Pike
409
WOD East Falls Church
551

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
1738782
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