The Neighborhood Complete Streets program opened its first online application in spring 2017. Community members, including residents, employees and visitors, were asked to share the streets in Arlington that have features missing or unsafe conditions that make the streets unsafe or uncomfortable for all users.
More than 360 applications were received, nominating locations throughout the County where improvements were wanted. More than 150 locations were eligible for consideration in the NCS program. Only streets indicated as “Local” streets (in white) on the Master Transportation Plan Map are eligible for consideration in the NCS program.
Staff began the process of evaluating the nominated street locations, using the County Board-approved evaluation criteria to score and rank the streets highlighted through the application process. The scoring was delayed due to the large number of streets to study for traffic counts (speed and volume of vehicles) and not enough contractor resources available.
Nominated Locations with Scores and Ranking
In 2019, the traffic counts were completed, and the list was scored and ranked. The scoring and ranking were presented at the June 2019 Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission meeting.
The Commission will select projects in late summer/early fall 2019 to recommend for funding by the County Board.
Application of Scoring Methodology
The first application period, followed by the first scoring of nominated problem street locations, revealed challenges to applying the approved criteria.
The following is an explanation of how each criteria was applied to all the scored locations.
Any nominated street must earn a minimum of 12 points in Group 1 categories to be considered further.
- No sidewalks on either side of street (12 points)
- Incomplete sidewalk on one side of street (6 points)
- Complete sidewalk on one side of street, but narrow or obstructed condition (up to 6 points possible, but staff applied 3 points in each location where an obstruction or narrow condition was observed in a desktop exercise, since severity of the actual physical condition not measured in-person)
- Unobstructed sidewalk on one side of street, but no curb ramp(s) (2 points)
Traffic Hazards & Safety
- Existence of a Speeding Problem as defined by the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program Guide (10 points where the 85th percentile speed was 5mph over the posted speed limit)
- Reported crash(es) within the past 48 months of available data (10 points)
- Inadequate Street Lighting (up to 6 points possible, but staff only awarded 6 points if no streetlights were observed present through a desktop exercise, since actual measure of lighting conditions would need to be measured on-site, and at night, in order to determine adequacy of the existing lighting conditions)
Pedestrian Attractors/Generators and Connectivity
- Within three-quarters of a mile of Metrorail station (4 points)
- Within one-half mile of elementary school, and three-quarters of a mile of secondary schools (4 points per school, based on walking directions utilizing online mapping tools)
- School bus stop on the street segment (2 points)
- Within one-quarter mile of a transit bus stop (ART or Metrobus) (up to 3 points based on utilization, using Arlington transit stop standards: 3 points where 40+ daily passenger volume (warrants bus shelter), 2 points where 10-39 daily passenger volume (warrants bench), 1 point where 0-9 daily passenger volume)
- Within one half-mile of other pedestrian generators (1-3 points possible. Staff awarded 3 points for proximity to a park, library, community center, hospital, or major transit or development corridor. 2 points were awarded for proximity to a neighborhood-scale shopping/mixed-use development, or a secondary transportation or development corridor. 1 point was awarded for a stand-alone or small cluster business/attraction).
Mapped Bicycle Route
- Street designated as an on-street bicycle route (3 points)
- Street section intersects with or connects to a multi-use trail (2 points)
- Street section intersects with an on-street bicycle route (1 point)
- Capital Bikeshare Station within one-quarter mile (2 points)
Street Traffic Volumes
- Daily vehicle volume above 1,000 (2 points)
- Daily vehicle volume between 500 and 1,000 (1 point)
Land Use / GLUP Designation
- 1 to 10 dwelling units per acre (2 points)
- 11 to 15 dwelling units per acre (3 points)
- 16 to 36 dwelling units per acre (4 points)
- 37 to 72 dwelling units per acre (5 points)
- Commercial / mixed use (5 points)
Other Street Improvement Opportunities
- Street paving, curbs and/or sidewalks scheduled for repair within three years (2 points)
- Funded project for project to upgrade to water or sewer lines in street within three years (2 points)
- Due to the nature of how water and sewer upgrades, and street paving maintenance projects are planned and executed, it wasn’t possible to project out three years in a manner that would be consistent and fair to all locations. As such, no points for water/sewer upgrades or street repaving were applied to any nominated location.