Performance Parking Pilot

Public Engagement Now Open

On Feb. 23, 2023, the project team hosted a virtual public meeting to kick off a 3-year pilot project to improve the user experience for metered parking spaces in two key commercial and residential corridors in Arlington. A recording of the meeting and an online feedback form are now available to learn more about the pilot and share your feedback to inform the future of this project.

Learn More & Watch The Meeting

Arlington's Performance Parking Pilot Project seeks to improve the user experience for metered parking spaces on the curb in two key commercial and multifamily residential corridors by:

  • making metered parking spaces more available, more often
  • sharing useful information about parking options in real time
  • reducing the negative impacts associated with the search for metered parking (cruising, double parking, going somewhere else to do business, etc.). 

The County is piloting a system that combines occupancy technology and pricing tools to provide better information on parking availability and influence demand for metered curb space.

About this Pilot Project

The pilot project includes about 4,500 metered parking spaces. The spaces are in two County Planning corridors: Rosslyn-Ballston and Richmond Highway. Most of the spaces included in the pilot will be on-street parking. 

System design, installation, testing, and initial data collection will occur in the first year of the pilot project, while the second and third years are dedicated to data collection and pricing calibration. Community outreach and engagement occur throughout all three years of the pilot project. 

The pilot will use in-ground sensors to provide real-time occupancy information for each of the parking spaces included in the project area. The sensors can detect the presence or absence of a vehicle, and duration-of-stay can be calculated. No camera technology is being used, and no personally-identifying information can be collected by the system. Once initial occupancy data has been gathered, the project team anticipates applying the pricing tools to the pilot project corridors on a quarterly basis, changing prices up or down across the 4,500 parking spaces included in the pilot to meet the goals of the pilot project.

Project Basis

The County’s Master Transportation Plan (MTP) Parking and Curbside Element, Policy 5 states that Transportation Staff should “Utilize parking meter pricing strategies that vary by hour and location to better match parking availability and demand.” 

In order to meet this Board-adopted transportation policy, the Parking team, part of the Transportation Engineering & Operations Bureau, applied for and received a $5.4 million grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Innovation and Technology Transportation Fund to install and test technology that would allow staff to make changes to the price of parking across the metered parking network to encourage more efficient use of the system. This pilot project will allow the Parking team to test the efficacy of this technology and determine if it is the right way to achieve the MTP’s stated goals.

The goals of the pilot project, as stated in the grant application submitted to VDOT for funding, are as follows:

  • On-street parking is easier to find on block faces with high parking demand than it is today.
  • More people choose to park on block faces where demand is low today.
  • Fewer instances of double parking occur, freeing up travel lanes and reducing conflicts
  • Drivers spend less time looking for on-street parking.
  • Drivers perceive that they spend less time looking for on-street parking.
  • Members of the public perceive that they have better on-street parking information.
  • Vehicle miles travelled resulting from on-street parking search or “cruising” are reduced in the areas with the system.
  • Mobile emissions from vehicles are reduced in the areas with the system as a result of reduced vehicle miles travelled.
  • Ensuring throughout this process, that community engagement is equitable and inclusive.

Note: these goals are not listed in order of priority, and the first opportunity for public engagement will center on identifying community preferences for prioritizing these goals.

The project does not

  • Seek to increase overall parking revenue. 
  • Increase all metered parking rates across the board.
  • Decrease the number of reserved ADA-accessible parking spaces. 
  • Create dynamically or fast-changing metered pricing (i.e., it is not like the HOT lanes). 

Public Process

For more information on this pilot project, please review our FAQs.

Community Kick-Off and Engagement on Prioritizing Goals

In Spring 2023, the project team will kick off the pilot project by introducing the project team, sharing our goals, and covering the basics of the technology and tools that will be used to meet those goals. This online public meeting will be followed by a public engagement opportunity to gather feedback on how we should prioritize the project's goals during the pilot project.

Community Kick-Off Meeting

  • Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023
  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Venue: Microsoft TEAMS Live

Watch the Virtual Kick-Off Meeting

Online Feedback Form

Beginning February 24 through Summer 2023, you can share your input on parking in the pilot project corridors, and help us prioritize the goals of the Performance Parking Pilot Project.

Share your Feedback Online

Direct outreach to business groups and key corridor stakeholders has begun and will continue throughout the spring and summer of 2023.


The project is funded by a Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Innovation and Technology Transportation Fund grant.