Arlington is developing its 10-year plan for bus service. This Transit Development Plan (TDP) is analyzing service throughout the County and will recommend future improvements. En español
The plan is also studying how to enhance bus service along Columbia Pike and in Crystal City-Pentagon City.
Draft recommendations – February 2016
36 bus routes across Arlington are recommended for improvements during the next 10 years. Route-by-route details of the proposed improvements are listed below.
- Overview of Recommendations – County-wide recommendations and changes proposed for Columbia Pike and Crystal City-Pentagon City
- ART Proposed Improvements – Route-by-route details for ART bus service
- Metrobus Proposed Improvements – Route-by-route details for Metrobus service
- Arlington System Map 2026 – What Arlington’s transit system would look like in 2026 with the proposed changes
Next Steps: Final recommendations are expected in May and will be published on this webpage. The community will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the final recommendations at the County Board’s hearing on adoption of the TDP (hearing date not yet scheduled).
About the TDP
The Transit Development Plan is a State-required study of the County’s transit service. It helps identify transit service needs, prioritize improvements and determine the resources required for implementing modified or new service. The plan also provides a foundation for requests for State funding, one of the County’s main funding sources for transit. The TDP builds upon the goals and policies adopted by the County Board in the Master Transportation Plan and the associated Transit Element.
The TDP is updated every six years, and the State requires annual status updates. In early 2015, Arlington submitted its annual update to the TDP prepared in 2010.
The new FY 2017-2026 Transit Development Plan is due to the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation in spring 2016.
Spring 2015 – Ask for community input, through a survey, about transit needs in Arlington.
Fall 2015 – Report back to the community on the initial assessment of transit needs and possible strategies and ask for feedback.
Winter 2016 – Release draft recommendations for transit service improvements and ask for community feedback.
Spring 2016 – County Board review and approval of the TDP and recommendations for improvements.