Arlington County’s investment in transportation infrastructure and services illustrates that the community and its leaders care deeply about travel choices to help achieve a sustainable community.
Every day, the Transportation & Development Division strives to increase accessibility and maximize options for movement throughout the County and to the rest of the region. By providing a high quality transit system, a robust bicycle and pedestrian network, and effective transportation demand management approaches, the behavior of many users of this system has changed. People are using transit, bicycling, and walking more frequently, while single occupancy vehicle travel and vehicle miles traveled has declined over the last 15 years. The transportation environment is becoming greener and safer through smarter technology and infrastructure investments that reduce energy consumption and collisions.
This shift in travel behavior is benefiting Arlington County in a number of ways. Even as our population has grown substantially, congestion has declined in the County. The shift to other modes has reduced pollutants in the air and water, and improved health through increased physical activity. The County’s transportation program saves users money and contributes to the local economy. Modes like transit, walking and bicycling provide users an affordable alternative to driving. The reduction in cars on the road reduces congestion and the economic cost of travel delays. Together, all of these things make Arlington a competitive and attractive place to live, work and visit.
The Transportation and Development Division has achieved these impressive improvements while reducing its reliance on local taxpayers. Today just over a quarter of the County’s transportation programs are funded through the general fund.