County Bureau Gets Creative Moving People Instead of Cars

Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) looks and operates more like a start-up tech company than a government agency. The transportation demand management (TDM) arm of the Virginia county has an energy one might not normally expect in a government office. Busily decorated with site plan documents pinned to walls, bookcases filled with business management paperbacks, and …

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Other Place Nipping at Heels of Arlington’s Transit-Oriented Development

Arlington, Virginia has long been a national and local leader of transit-oriented development (TOD). It’s been the jurisdictional equivalent of an iPad when the majority of places were still desktop PCs. Now, many other places are patterning themselves based on the traits Arlington perfected; that is, relatively dense and containing mixed-use, walkable, and bikeable neighborhoods …

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DATA Lauds Fairchild, Kirby

Tom Fairchild is a connector. Anyone who knows Mobility Lab’s director has experienced his knack for working a room, his ability to speak to virtually anyone, and his habit of making introductions (and high fives). The only down side to this is that it can be hard to get Fairchild to leave an event. He …

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Arlington County TOD Linked to Health, Sprawl Study Says

We have been taught to hate sprawl in America, yet, in the past 10 years, our country has become, on average, slightly more sprawling than in the decade prior. That was one finding of Smart Growth America’s Measuring Sprawl 2014 report, released earlier this month. The study, conducted by University of Utah city planning professor Reid Ewing …

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Pentagon City Welcomes Bike, Walk Fixes for Economic Future

A new multimodal project aimed at bringing bicycle and pedestrian friendliness to a Pentagon City neighborhood was unveiled today with a ribbon cutting by Congressman Jim Moran and representatives from Arlington’s Department of Environmental Services (DES). Held in front of the popular Fashion Centre at Pentagon City Mall on on South Hayes Street, the metro station served …

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Columbia Pike Streetcar Would Bring Billions to Arlington and Fairfax

A new study commissioned by Arlington County shows that the Columbia Pike Streetcar would spur billions of dollars in revenue for Arlington and Fairfax counties. Between $3.2 billion and $4.4 billion in incremental benefits (over and above capital expenditures and operating costs) would be realized for the two counties over 30 years. This far exceeds …

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Arlington Looks to Avoid Parking “Tragedy of the Commons”

Parking isn’t something many people think about until it’s unavailable. Even city planners have historically considered parking somewhat of an afterthought. Cities are paying more attention to the resource lately, however, in part due to the influence of one book in particular: The High Cost of Free Parking, by UCLA professor and urban planner Donald …

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ART Bus in Arlington Has Loyal, Diverse Ridership

Bus ridership is getting the respect it deserves. Or at least that is the case in Arlington County, Virginia according to a new report released today by Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS). The report, titled Arlington Transit Ridership Study, contains the results of a survey of Arlington Transit (ART) riders that was administered by LDA Consulting …

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Arlington Residential Parking Garages Not Full

A new study by Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) examines the travel and parking behaviors of residents by looking at a sample of residential site plan buildings. Site plan buildings are those that require special approval from the County Board in order to be developed because they need some kind of exception to the zoning …

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The Silver Line Playbook: Clarendon and Tysons

The differences between Clarendon and Tysons Corner – two communities in Northern Virginia – are readily apparent to even a casual observer. Clarendon has walkability, cohesion, and sense of place and Tysons has sprawl, confusion, and traffic gridlock. Although these two places will soon be linked when Metro’s Silver Line opens west of Washington D.C., …

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