Arlington Transit Strategic Plan



The project team has completed the initial review of existing service and demographic data, and is preparing the first phase of public engagement.The County is required to complete a Transit Strategic Plan for submission to Virginia's Department of Rail & Public Transit by June 30, 2023, which is the start of Fiscal Year 2024.

About the Strategic Plan

In 2018, The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation that requires transit agencies operating in urbanized areas to develop a Transit Strategic Plan to ensure that transit services are planned in a way that better meets the mobility needs of their communities. The main goal of a Transit Strategic Plan is to create a strategic blueprint outlining desired changes that will improve the provision of transit services within existing funding structures.

Learn more about Transit Strategic Plans from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

The County's Transit Strategic Plan will establish a consistent approach for how state, regional, and local policies are implemented in the County’s transportation system. It focuses on the vision and mission for the agency, and the goals and objectives needed to achieve this vision. The Strategic Plan will guide Arlington Transit’s planning efforts, the prioritization of capital programs and projects, and the development of the operating and capital budgets. 

The Strategic Plan will allow County staff, residents, and commuters to look at their system together, consider the changes and challenges facing transit in Arlington, re-examine the priorities of our stakeholders and riders, and make choices about where and how to provide transit service in an efficient and cost-effective manner. The Transit Strategic Plan is a living document that is designed to be more flexible and responsive to the changes in the County. 

Public Process

There will be two primary public engagement opportunities to share your input and shape the future of transit projects and services. Virtual Public Meetings and pop-up events will occur in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. All public engagement opportunities will be announced in advance and information will be shared here. 

Fall 2022 - Goals, Objectives and Your Experiences

For the first phase of public engagement, the project team wants to know more about your experiences using Arlington Transit, as well as gather your input on the draft goals and objectives of the Transit Strategic Plan. The draft goals and objectives were developed using the ART Mission, Vision and Values established early in the process of growing our local transit network.

You can share your feedback by using one or more of the methods listed below:

Virtual Public Meeting

The project team from Arlington Transit held a virtual public information session to introduce the Transit Strategic Plan, provide an overview of the draft goals and objectives, and share more information about the current public engagement opportunity that will shape the future of transit in Arlington.

Meeting Resources:

View the Meeting Slides

Other Languages: Spanish(PDF, 3MB) - Arabic(PDF, 3MB) - Amharic(PDF, 3MB) - Chinese(PDF, 3MB) - Mongolian(PDF, 3MB)

Watch the Meeting Recording

Read the Q&A Transcript (Coming Soon) 
Other Languages: Spanish - Arabic - Amharic - Chinese - Mongolian (Coming Soon)

Online Feedback Form

Learn more about the TSP and share your thoughts on your experiences with Arlington Transit, your ideas for improvement, and your feedback on the Draft Goals and Objectives for the TSP. The feedback form will be open from October 17 to November 20, 2022.

Share your Feedback

Pop-Up Engagement Events

Members of the project team will be out in the community seeking your feedback for this public engagement opportunity. We hope to see you while we are in your area.

Date Location Time
Thursday, October 20  Shirlington Station Transit Center 3pm - 5pm
Monday, October 24 AFAC Morning Food Distribution 9am - 11am

Tuesday, October 25


Bus Stop at S. Uhle Street &

S. Walter Reed Drive

 (Outside DHS Sequoia Center)

 3pm - 5pm
Saturday, November 5   Ballston Metrorail Station Bus Bays  1pm - 3pm
Tuesday, November 8  S. Glebe Road @ Columbia Pike Bus Stop   3pm - 5pm
 Monday, November 14 

S. Dinwiddie Street @ Columbia Pike

Arlington Mill Community Center

7am - 9am

9:30am - 11:30am

 Saturday, November 19   Pentagon City Metrorail Station Bus Bays 3pm - 5pm 




The Transit Strategic Plan is funded by a Technical Assistance grant received from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), along with a local match from the County.