Bus Stop and Shelter Program


Countywide: Bus stop shelters throughout the County are in need of improvement and repair.



Completed 14 bus stops in Fiscal Year 2020, which ended June 30, 2020.

About the Project

The Bus Stop and Shelter Program is an ongoing effort aimed at enhancing the quality of Arlington County bus stops, with a specific focus on improving bus stop shelters. Through this program, the Transit Bureau replaces and repairs aging shelters, installs new shelters, and provides passenger amenities (e.g. benches, litter receptacles, customer information) at bus stops throughout the County.

The placement of shelters and amenities are determined by survey data, current bus route strategies noted in the Transit Development Plan, citizen input, and through coordination with other County-initiated transportation capital improvement projects. This program also includes the planning, designing and construction of new bus stops as the County adds or modifies bus routes.

Bus Stop Guidelines and Standards

Arlington’s Bus Stop Guidelines and Standards Manual is the guiding document that Arlington County uses when evaluating and implementing the design, function and placement of bus stops within the County. The manual outlines the set of design criteria and minimum requirements to provide accessible safe and efficient bus stops.

Annual Milestones:

  1. Complete 5-10 shelter replacements (for the vast majority of shelter replacements, the shelter bench is also replaced)
  2. Complete 3 new shelter installations (where ridership shows 40 or more boardings per day)
  3. Complete 5 new stand-alone bench installations (where ridership shows 10 or more boardings per day)
  4. Complete 3 litter receptacle installations (where ridership shows 25 or more boardings per day)

Public Process

Public comments and requests for bus stop and shelter repairs are welcomed. Report issues with bus stops or improvement suggestions to Arlington County Bus Stop Manager Diane Trent.


This program, included in the Arlington County Capital Improvement Plan, is funded by a mix of state and local sources.