Transportation Branch Mission
Working together to foster a thriving Alexandria by improving mobility, safety & quality of life through:
- Sound engineering, design and technology implementation;
- Multimodal plans, policies, and programs for today and tomorrow; and
- Managing transportation resources for the provision of sustainable and equitable transportation choices.
The Transportation Planning Division guides the planning, policy, and priorities of the Transportation Branch to ensure that future investments support the City’s strategic plans, based on values of equity, safety, sustainability, health, increasing efficient and reliable access, and improving quality of life, and will predict and plan for future trends. The Division specializes in strategies and policies to improve transportation options and reduce single occupancy vehicles, safe bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and programs, ensuring new developments support existing City priorities and minimizing negative impacts, citywide programs to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors, and to support economic development.
The Mobility Services division manages the Parking Program and ensures that transportation options are available and accessible to all Alexandrians through its management of paratransit, disability parking, the City's transportation demand management program (GO Alex) and other programs and services.
The Traffic Engineering Division manages transportation technology and provides and maintains a comprehensive City-wide traffic signal system that includes the traffic computer system linking many of the City's signaled intersections.
Alexandria is committed to investment in transportation technologies that improve road safety and traffic management while also preparing the City to take advantage of future transportation infrastructure advancements, such as self-driving cars and real-time traffic management.
King Street Place is the pedestrianization of the 100 block of King Street during weekends from April until October. City Council has requested that staff include a pilot program for the pedestrianization of the 100 block of King Street in their FY 2020 work plan. This project was originally discussed with the community through an extensive community engagement process in 2015 during the Lower King Street Multi-modal Feasibility Study.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is closing all Metrorail stations south of the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2019 for critical station platform restoration. The City of Alexandria is working with WMATA to mitigate the impact of this work on Alexandria residents and visitors.
The City of Alexandria has launched a pilot program to allow private companies to operate shared mobility devices (such as dockless bicycles and scooters available for rent) in the City under a nine month demonstration program. With multiple neighboring jurisdictions experimenting with these devices and some appearing, without permits, on the streets of Alexandria, the time is right for the City to evaluate if and how they might operate here.
The AMP, a strategic update to the 2008 Transportation Master Plan, will ensure that transportation in the city continues to serve the needs of residents, businesses, and visitors as the region grows and new technology adds to the ways we get around. The AMP process will gather public input on tradeoffs and establish clear priorities for improving mobility.
Vision Zero is a multidisciplinary, multi-national traffic safety concept that aims to achieve a transportation system with no deaths and serious injuries. As a Vision Zero community, Alexandria recognizes that these incidents are preventable through proper engineering, enforcement, evaluation and education.
Parking is an essential component of the City's transportation system and requires careful management of both on-street and off-street spaces. The City is committed to working with businesses, residents and visitors alike to appropriately manage parking needs.