Transportation planning in Arlington is coordinated between the Transportation Division of the Department of Environmental Services (DES) and the Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (DCPHD).
Arlington’s Comprehensive Plan seeks to concentrate high-density, mixed-use development along transit corridors, while preserving and enhancing Arlington's existing single-family and apartment neighborhoods. First approved in 1960, Arlington Comprehensive Plan is updated at least every five years. The plan now comprises nine elements: the General Land Use Plan, the Master Transportation Plan, the Storm Water Master Plan, the Water Distribution System Master Plan, the Sanitary Sewer Collection System Master Plan, the Recycling Program Implementation Plan and Map, the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance and Plan, the Public Spaces Master Plan and the Historic Preservation Master Plan.
County-Wide Transportation Planning
The Transportation Division of the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services performas a variety of near- and long-term transportation planning activities, including the development of the County’s Master Transportation Plan (MTP). First approved in 2007, the MTP provides general guidance for Arlington's transportation system through the year 2030. The Master Transportation Plan includes six modal element documents: Streets, Transit, Pedestrian, Bicycle, Parking and Curbspace Management, and Transportation Demand & System Management.
Planning for Specific Locations & Modes
The county conducts a variety of area plans that provide guidance for transportation development. For example, the Columbia Pike Initiative has established a vision for revitalization focused on future streetcar service.
Operations and Maintenance
Bus service provided by Arlington Transit (ART) supplements the regional Metro system by providing service to neighborhoods not served by Metrobus, and increasing the frequency of bus service in other neighborhoods. ART operates smaller, neighborhood-friendly vehicles, and provides access to Metrorail and Virginia Railway Express (VRE).
Unlike most counties in Virginia, Arlington has responsibility for most road maintenance within its boundaries, although a number of key routes are maintained by the state or federal government.
Northern Virginia Transportation Planning
The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority ties together the transportation priorities of Northern Virginia’s jurisdictions, including Arlington, in its long-range plan. The most recent version of this plan, TransAction 2040, was aproved in 2012.