Transportation that Works for Everyone
Dependable, affordable transportation is at the heart of what makes Arlington County a great place to live, with a strong economy. We must provide the funding to maintain our transportation infrastructure, keep it working well and invest in additional options to keep Arlington moving efficiently.
Safety and reliability must be our first priority. We also must consider regional accessibility and economic impact. Keeping our easy access to DC and connecting the region as a whole, will be critical to economic growth in the years to come.
As we consider improvements to bus service on Columbia Pike and Lee Highway, or the relocation of the VRE station near Reagan National Airport, or simply how to strike the appropriate balance between parking and bike lanes in Crystal City, we should always try to base our decisions on data and common sense analysis.
Arlington must remain steadfast in its commitment to Metro. That means supporting a dedicated, regional funding stream that addresses Metro’s capital and maintenance needs. We should take a constructive, collaborative approach with our regional partners.
In the short term, returning to and maintaining safety and reliability are paramount. In the long term, we must hold WMATA accountable to its stakeholders and seek a dedicated funding solution
Balancing Regional and Local Needs
Widening the I-66 corridor will only become more pressing as Northern Virginia becomes more densely populated. Arlington must consider the needs of all stakeholders, while addressing issues of noise control, cross-county transportation, and pressures on our county budget.
Tolling inside the beltway is controversial, however, tolls will generate funding for improvements to Arlington’s transportation system including roads, bus services, and other multi-modal transportation solutions. We need these improvements and should stick with the plan, while being ready to advocate for improvements, such as adjusted tolling periods.
Four years ago, Arlington made a promise to residents along the Columbia Pike corridor to invest in better transportation solutions. We must keep that promise.
While taking into account regional limitations, we cannot ignore the returns on investment of a functional and accessible transportation network along the Pike. Existing projects must deliver on time and new projects must be planned properly to meet the specific needs of regional stakeholders.
– Addressing parking and multi-modal transportation needs in Crystal City;
– Innovative solutions for additional ART Bus storage;
– Improving our trails and commuter lines as part of the Bicycle Master Plan;
– Supporting innovative policy solutions along Lee Highway.