Transportation Planning Division
The Transportation Planning Division implements the City's Comprehensive Transportation Master Plan. The Division focuses on a long-term vision for Alexandria's transportation system through partnerships with State, regional, local agencies and City departments. The Division provides quality transportation planning in the City's safe and complete streets to accommodate all users, innovative parking initiatives, strategies and policies to reduce travel demand of single occupancy vehicles. The Division also coordinates with the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services' Transit Services Division to improve mobility throughout the City.
Guiding Transportation Principles
- Develop innovative local and regional transit options
- Provide quality pedestrian and bicycle accommodations
- Provide all its citizens, regardless of age or ability, with accessibility and mobility
- Increase the use of communications technology in transportation systems
- Further transportation policies that enhance quality of life, support livable, urban land use and encourage neighborhood preservation in accordance with the City Council's Strategic Plan
- Lead the region in promoting environmentally friendly transportation policies
- Ensure accessible, reliable and safe transportation for older and disabled citizens
Project Updates & New Initiatives
Transportation Planning Projects
The Transportation Planning Division has a progressive vision for the future of travel throughout the City, as identified in the City's Transportation Master Plan. Some of the key recommendations from the plan that the City is implementing include a system of innovative high capacity transitways along three major corridors of the City. These transit corridors were analyzed as part of the Transit Corridor Feasibility Study. The Transportation Planning Division is responsible for the transportation elements of Small Area Plans throughout the City including the Beauregard Corridor Small Area Plan, the Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor Plan, the Waterfront Small Area Plan, the Union Street Corridor Study, the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan and the Potomac Yard Development. The Transportation Planning Division has also initiated the Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan and Complete Streets Design Guidelines Manual and the Lower King Street Multi-modal Feasibility Study.
For more information, contact Steve Sindiong at 703.746.4047
Pedestrian & Bicycle Program
As a Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly Community, the City is working to reduce dependence on automobiles and with its stakeholders, has produced the Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan which details recommendations for safety, mobility and connectivity improvements and ensures that future development plans serve all modes of travel. City streets serve many functions providing citizens of all ages and degrees of mobility to walk down the sidewalk, to grab a cup of coffee, speak with their neighbors, walk their children to school or bicycle to work. Read more about the City's bike and walk initiatives here. The City is currently undertaking an effort to update the Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan and Complete Streets Design Guidelines which when adopted, will replace the existing pedestrian and bicycle chapters in the Transportation Master Plan and the Pedestrian & Bicycle Mobility Plan.
For more information, contact Carrie Sanders at 703.746.4088
Parking is an essential component of the City's transportation system. The City is committed to working with businesses, residents and visitors alike to meet their diverse parking needs. The City owns two parking garages that are available for public use. Additional resources consist of private parking garages, lots and curbside parking. We count on the input, support and cooperation of everyone to make our parking management programs a success. All of these resources must be managed effectively in order to provide residents and visitors with needed parking. Parking initiatives are ongoing throughout the City in all areas. There have been public/private initiatives such as the Motorcoach Parking and the Old Town Area Parking Study which reconvened through the summer of 2012 to continuing reviewing and making recommendations on parking management in the Old Town area.
For more information, contact Faye Dastgheib at 703.746.4139.
Transportation Demand Management (TDM)
Transportation Demand Management (TDM) is a broad term for a diverse series of programs and policies that seek to change how, when and where people travel. The term "demand" refers to the amount of street used during a given time period. TDM is vital because congested streets and roadways result when too many people drive the same routes at the same time, particularly during peak commute hours so it is necessary to reduce the number of solo drivers and ease congestion. Examples of TDM include teleworking, carpooling, guaranteed ride home programs, "park once" to run errands on foot, or flexible work scheduling.
Through the City's TDM program, Local Motion, staff is available to meet with individual employers and residential communities to give presentations, offer assistance in creating TDM plans, evaluate effectiveness of plan strategies and provide overall assistance to help reduce drive alone vehicles.
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For more information, contact Local Motion at 703.746.4868 or e-mail LocalMotion@alexandriava.gov.
Transportation Management Plan (TMP)
The City's Transportation Management Plans (TMP) program is committed to reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality. TMPs are part of the City of Alexandria's Zoning Ordinance, Article XI, Division B, Development approvals; Section 11-700 – Transportation Management Special Use Permits, which requires developments of a certain size to mitigate traffic and its related impacts with an on-site TDM program. Residential and commercial communities comply with Ordinance 11-700 using strategies and incentives to encourage walking, carpooling, vanpooling, biking, use of public transit, compressed work schedules, telecommuting, and other non-drive alone forms of transit.
For more information or to find out which communities have TMPs, contact Megan Cummings at 703.746.4085.