Total number of trips per day in Arlington / Regional number of trips per day.
Household Miles Traveled per Day, 2010
|Arlington Households||Regional Households|
|Average Miles Traveled Daily||15.8||25.6|
|VMT per Day||11.1||17.2|
Household Trips per Day, 2010
|Mode||Arlington Households||Regional Households|
Using the 2010 Arlington County Household Survey, the total number of miles traveled by the average Arlington household was compared to the number of Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) by household. The breakdown of trip types (drive alone, rideshare, transit, walk/bike, and other) per the average Arlington household was also taken from the 2010 survey. For context, the number of household miles traveled per day, the VMT traveled per day, and the breakdown by trip type is also provided for a typical household in the Washington metropolitan region.
Comparing the number of total miles traveled to the number of daily VMT miles indicates how much of an average Arlington household’s travel is comprised of driving. The breakdown of household trip types further demonstrates the same factors. This is important when evaluating how well Arlington County is moving people without creating more traffic. Balancing the use of all modes provides for a more efficient and effective transportation system. This measures ties into the MTP Goal 1: Provide High‐Quality Transportation Services and Goal 2: Move More People Without More Traffic.
According to responses collected in 2010 to the Arlington Household Survey, the typical Arlington Household traveled fewer miles per day that compared to the average household in the Washington region. Likewise, the average Arlington household traveled six fewer vehicle miles than the average household in the region. This means that the most Arlington households travel less overall than the typical regional household.
According to the breakdown by trip type, Arlington is about on par with the region in terms of the number of household trips that are driving alone. However, Arlington has a higher number of household trips that are made using transit or walking/biking.
From these indicators, Arlington appears to provide better access to alternative modes than other counties or cities in the region. This could be due, in part, to Arlington’s successful integration of land use and transportation planning policies; making it easier for residents to access jobs, services, retail and commercial uses through the transportation network.
- 2010 Arlington County Household Survey