The Master Transportation Plan (MTP), which was fully adopted in 2011, provides general guidance for Arlington’s transportation system through 2030. The beginning efforts included the development of a baseline document of existing conditions, a glossary of terms and an online survey.
- Baseline Conditions Report
- Online Survey Results
- Goals and Policies Summary – Updated February 2017
The overall goals and policies and map elements of the plan are supported by six modal element documents — bicycle, transportation demand and system management, parking and curb space management, pedestrian, streets, and transit — which provide more detailed guidance.
*Transit Element Updated
The Transit Element of the MTP, along with related sections of the MTP Map and Goals and Policies Document, underwent a comprehensive update and were adopted by the County Board on February 25, 2017. The primary changes incorporated new policies and strategies included in the Transit Development Plan (TDP) adopted by the County Board in July 2016.
Arlington envisions itself as becoming, if not already being, one of the nation’s best places to bicycle. It’s Arlington’s vision that everyone — residents, incoming daily commuters and visitors — feel safe and comfortable biking on the County’s streets and trails. The bicycle element of the MTP sets forth the plan for making that vision a reality.
Demand and System Management Element
The demand and system management element, which includes provisions for both Transportation Demand Management (TDM) and Transportation System Management (TSM), provides a master plan for proactively managing the travel demand generated by residents, employees and visitors to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of all elements of Arlington’s transportation network.
TDM strategies typically include managing parking and pricing; marketing transit and providing commuter subsidies; promoting walking, bicycling and ridesharing; and encouraging telework and flexible work strategies. TSM measures focus on signal coordination, traffic information, incident detection and response, and emergency management.
Parking and Curb Space Management Element
Parking and curb space are critical features of our transportation infrastructure, and the provision and management should be carefully coordinated with the planning of other transportation elements. The MTP provides a framework for coordinated planning. The parking and curb space element outlines the policies and implementation actions governing the County’s parking resources and curb space.
Pedestrian travel is greatly affected by land use, street design and transportation system management. Providing an exemplary local walking environment is critical for Arlington to achieve its goals for mobility and environmental sustainability. This element of the MTP calls for substantial investment in the completion of the pedestrian network, upgrading the existing facilities as needed to make the network accessible for everyone and recasting our streets to make them safer and more accommodating of pedestrian travel.
Arlington has an extensive network of streets and highways which include federal interstates and parkways, state primary and secondary highways, arterials and local, residential streets. These roadways connect the neighborhoods and urban village centers within Arlington and provide connections to surrounding cities and counties. Since Arlington is at the core of the metropolitan region, these streets also provide passage to and through Arlington for many people that live and work in the area.
Managing streets using this holistic point of view is a complex and often highly charged task. The purpose of the streets element is to provide a framework for addressing and managing these often conflicting street uses.
The transit element includes actions to maximize the potential of the existing transit system, including the development of incremental improvements to both enhance local transit service and address needed additions to local and regional services.
MTP Map Element
The MTP Map identifies approved and planned transportation facilities in Arlington County. Separate sections of the map depict the planned bicycle facilities and transit service networks. Information about Complete Streets and the County’s street typology are also included. This map is periodically updated as needed.