How has transportation demand management worked in Arlington County?
Over past decades, the transportation and development strategies of Arlington County, Virginia, have yielded substantial economic, and environmental benefits – allowing continued growth with less reliance on automotive trips and more use of transit and other travel options.
Many policies contribute to this unique success, including everything from mixed-use, transit-oriented development and a multitude of accessible transportation options to readily available educational information. Transportation demand management itself has allowed Arlington to get more than 40,000 cars off the road every workday.
Making transportation options work for people has required a sustained effort – incorporating continuously shifting trends – over many years in Arlington.
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As transportation-policy rockstar Ray LaHood once said at a Mobility Lab event, there should be Mobility Labs all over the U.S. While our little shop headquartered in Arlington, Va., may still be the only Mobility Lab in the country, there may soon be another. With Aspen, Colo., “drowning in automobiles,” Mayor Steve Skadron is hoping to… Read more »
In the department of “Where Are They Now?,” Chris Hamilton is a prominent face around Mobility Lab, as one of our contributors and the former bureau chief of Arlington County Commuter Services, of which Mobility Lab is a part. He just appeared as a guest on the excellent GovLove podcast. Host Ben Kittelson asks to learn… Read more »
This is part one of a two-part series on a report by George Mason University graduate students. Students were tasked by Mobility Lab with creating a new transportation blueprint for Arlington, Va., geared toward connecting more people to its transportation network. This part focuses on passenger transportation – part two will examine freight and deliveries…. Read more »
When hundreds of people and their bikes appear bright and early at Rosslyn, Arlington’s Gateway Park, it can only mean one thing: Bike to Work Day. The biggest stop by far in Arlington, pictured below, was part of the 85 pit stops offering coffee, T-shirts, and good vibes to bike commuters in the broader D.C…. Read more »
Arlington County, Va., includes carsharing in its Master Transportation Plan because it adds important connections to and from its already-rich transit infrastructure. But for car-owning Arlington households, how does carsharing fit within their transportation needs? For one, cost can play a large role. Marietta Gelfort, a carsharing analyst for the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services, recently took a detailed… Read more »
Whether a gondola happens anytime soon, options still exist for better connecting Georgetown to the Rosslyn Metro station Georgetown is known to have some “public transit gaps,” most notably the lack of a Metro station. To fix this, the Georgetown Business Improvement District’s 2028 transportation plan included the cross-Potomac gondola as a possible solution, creating… Read more »
Little free libraries present a chance to share awareness of transportation options Educating people about transportation options – even in a place like Arlington, Va., where there is an abundance – is a never-ending quest. Something I’ve learned through my time at Mobility Lab is that its local partners never stop trying to think of… Read more »
Observant Capital Bikeshare riders in Arlington and Alexandria may have noticed some changes at a few stations in the past months. Older bikeshare station kiosks are gradually moving out to other stations, replaced with new ones that have the ability to dispense bikeshare keys. This week, new key-dispensing kiosks are coming to the bikeshare stations… Read more »
Has there been an increase in biking in Arlington due to Washington D.C.’s region-wide SafeTrack initiative to repair Metrorail? It’s a difficult question to answer at this point. BikeArlington has already reported that there were increases up to 75 percent over 2015 daily averages in bike traffic at the Rosslyn-Custis Trail bike counter during the… Read more »
Earlier this month, Mobility Lab tech advisor Michael Schade shared a look at the latest Capital Bikeshare ridership data with his new heat map. Not only does the map grant an easy way to create a more detailed look at how individual neighborhoods use bikeshare, it also includes the first few months of ridership in… Read more »
This post originally appeared on the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. Each parking space in a garage can take up as much as 400 square feet, or 36 percent of an average Arlington County, Va., apartment, and spaces can cost anywhere from $40,000 to $60,000 each to build. The availability of parking also has a strong… Read more »
Bike/ped traffic counter spikes for disruptive events emphasize importance of transportation options Arlington has 38 bike and pedestrian counters along its trails and bike lanes, six of which capture how many people cross the Potomac River into Washington, D.C., every day. Two counters are located on Memorial Bridge, two on Key Bridge, one on Roosevelt… Read more »