In July 2016, Arlington completed work on its latest Transit Development Plan (TDP) update. This resulted in a new 10-year plan for bus service and capital improvements in the County. Below are updates shared with the community during the development of the new TDP.
Final recommendations – May 2016
To develop the final bus service recommendations, the County surveyed Arlington residents about how they currently use transit and where they want to see improvements. Feedback on the draft recommendations, presented to the community in February, showed strong support for additional off-peak and weekend service and new direct connections to activity centers. This feedback, along with extensive technical analysis of the County’s current bus service, helped shape the final recommendations. Route-by-route details for the recommendations are listed below.
- Overview presentation – County-wide recommendations and changes proposed for Columbia Pike and Crystal City-Pentagon City
- ART recommendations – Route-by-route details for ART bus service
- Metrobus recommendations – Route-by-route details for Metrobus service
The plan recommends implementing the following bus service improvements by summer 2020: a new north-south connection between Rosslyn and Shirlington; more frequent service from Dunn Loring to Ballston via Arlington Boulevard; more frequent service along Glebe Road; a new connection between Crystal City, National Airport and Shirlington; and a new connection between Buckingham and the County’s Department of Human Services facility at Sequoia.
Premium bus service planned for Columbia Pike, Pentagon City, Crystal City
A major feature of the plan is the creation of a Premium Transit Network connecting Columbia Pike, Pentagon City and Crystal City. The premium network will offer bus service that is fast, frequent, reliable and easy to use, with features including simplified bus routes, increased weekday and weekend service, and a new one-seat ride from Skyline to Crystal 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
The County Manager and staff presented a TDP update to the County Board. They discussed plans for premium bus service on Columbia Pike and several features that could be part of this service. Specific recommendations will be presented to the community for feedback in February.
- Transit Development Plan Update to the County Board
- County Planning Premium Bus Service for Columbia Pike
We completed a second phase of community outreach. We thank everyone who participated in the workshops, focus groups and online comment form – more than 300 comments were received. The feedback is being analyzed and incorporated into draft transit service recommendations, which will be released in February 2016.
Learn more about the TDP from the information below, which was presented in our workshops and focus groups during October and November:
- Display boards:
The County awarded a task order for consultant assistance to prepare our new Transit Development Plan. With the consultant team on board and State funding recently secured, we are on track to prepare the plan by May 2016.
- Consultant team – The consultant team is led by VHB and includes Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning and Whitman, Requardt & Associates. Collectively, they have extensive experience preparing TDPs and undertaking planning and implementation studies for bus rapid transit and bus priority improvements. In this region, the companies have worked on TDPs for the DC Circulator and Fairfax County and on Montgomery County’s bus rapid transit system.
- State funding – The County applied for and was awarded $400,000 from the State for this year’s TDP update. This amounts to nearly half of the $822,000 budget for the work effort, which includes several optional tasks. The grant funds will allow the County to be reimbursed for some of its expenses preparing and completing the plan.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our transit survey, which closed this month. We had a great response, with more than 3,300 completed surveys!
Your input, along with information gathered from previous surveys, will be considered as the County prepares the new Transit Development Plan, which identifies transit goals and needs County-wide and prioritizes improvements.
During the spring County staff provided community briefings about the TDP update and ways people can engage. The presentation used for the briefings is available below.