Transportation & Environmental Services

T&ES strives to improve the overall quality of life within the City of Alexandria through the development of a superior infrastructure. We plan, build, operate, and maintain transportation systems and infrastructure that improves mobility and provides people and businesses with core public services. The work we do keeps Alexandrians moving, growing sustainability, and thriving.

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T&ES is responsible for maintaining and ensuring our roads and rights of way are clean, safe, accessible and enjoyable. The recent historic snowfall, coupled with temperature changes and rain, has resulted in the formation of a number of potholes across the City. In 2016, T&ES filled more than 10,000 potholes. Please help us ensure roadways are safe for travel by reporting potholes through  Call.Click.Connect. Learn more about paving and sidewalk repairs in the public right of ways.


Spring Cleanup is an opportunity for residents to set out unusable items to be collected on specific dates, as designated on the map. Items are disposed of at the Covanta Energy from Waste facility and other local landfills. Please consider donation before setting out items for the Spring Cleanup program. 


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.


SafeTrac is an initiative of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which operates the MetroRail, MetroBus, and MetroAccess system in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.  The focus of SafeTrack is a work plan to address safety recommendations and rehabilitate the Metrorail system to improve safety and reliability.  While WMATA is solely responsible for the SafeTrack plan, the City of Alexandria and other localities in the region are working together to provide resources to help plan for and mitigate SafeTrack impacts. 


Get on your bike and ride! In recognition of the national Bike to Work Day, thousands of area commuters ride their bikes to work each year to demonstrate that bicycling is a healthy, practical economical and environmentally friendly way to get to work. On Friday, May 19 the D.C. metro area will see over 13,000 commuters ride their bike. Register and drop by one of the City’s four pit stops, located at City Hall/Market Square, Carlyle, Mark Center, and Del Ray.


Stormwater runoff occurs when rain or snowmelt flows over the ground. Hard surfaces, like roofs, driveways, parking lots, and streets prevent stormwater from naturally soaking into the ground. If not managed properly, stormwater runoff can create stormwater pollution and/or flooding issues.


The City’s Transportation Demand Management Program (TDM), works to reduce single vehicle occupancy and create awareness of alternative options such as walking, biking, using public transportation, carpooling, vanpooling, and teleworking. We’ve recently re-branded this program as “Go Alex.” The new Go Alex program will work to improve awareness of and access to all of the transportation choices available to Alexandrian residents and employers.


Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are a vital part of livable, attractive communities and are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete


Dominion Virginia Power has proposed to construct a new 230-kilovolt underground transmission line between Alexandria and Arlington in the vicinity of Jefferson Davis Highway and Potomac Yard. The proposed enhancements will strengthen reliability in this area for local residents and businesses and will run on E. Abingdon Drive in Alexandria and connect to the Glebe Substation on S. Glebe Road in Arlington. The project is being phased to allow for utility relocation before the roadway construction.  The Phase I design has been completed, and construction will begin in Spring 2016 and will be completed in Fall 2016. 


An infill Metrorail station is being planned for the Potomac Yard development along the yellow and blue lines. The project is currently completing the environmental review process and beginning development of conceptual design. A working group has been established to coordinate with City staff on the project. Learn more about the process and view images of the documents provided to date.


In July 2016, VDOT announced that the City will be awarded an additional $500,000 through the FY 2017 VDOT Primary Extensions Grant.This year's paving program began in early July and will run through early fall, starting again in the spring of 2017.  Get detailed information about locations of paving projects and schedules.


The City is proposing a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to provide high-capacity transit service using a combination of dedicated and shared lanes; including high-quality stations with rider amenities.  The West End Transitway will connect major transit facilities – Van Dorn Metro Station, Mark Center Transit Center, Shirlington Transit Center, and the Pentagon Transit Center, and several neighborhoods along the corridor.  The West End Transitway Alternatives Analysis / Environmental Assessment (AA/EA) is an analysis of transportation, land use, and environmental conditions along the corridor. 


Bike sharing is public transportation using bicycles, and cities around the world provide bike sharing systems as a transportation option for residents and visitors. The City of Alexandria's bike sharing program, in partnership with the District Department of Transportation, Arlington County, and Montgomery County, is called Capital Bikeshare. With Capital Bikeshare, you can choose from over 300 stations in the region, and return a bike to any station near your destination.

Programs & Services 

Construction Permits and Inspections

The Construction Permits and Inspections Section, under the Infrastructure Right of Way Division, is located in room 4130 in City Hall. This section manages and inspects capital improvement projects through all phases of construction,  permitstemporary reserved parking, and all work within the right of way. Contact Us: 703.746.4035

Infrastructure & Right of Way

The Infrastructure & Right of Way Section, located in room 3200 in City Hall, designs capital improvement projects to be administered by the department, reviews State projects, and privately submitted site plans to ensure construction is in compliance with the City's engineering standards and policies.  The Engineering & Design Division is also responsible for the City's  Floodplain Management and  Water Supply PlanContact Us: 703.746.4065

Environmental Quality

Environmental Quality, located in Room 3000 in City Hall, administers the City's air, water, and noise improvement programs, which help preserve and protect the environment and public health and welfare. Contact Us: 703.746.4065

Public Works Services

The Public Works Services Division, located in the T&ES Operations building located at 2900 Business Center Drive, provides maintenance and repairs for all City sewers, streets, sidewalks and fire hydrants; maintains stream beds, weirs and stream banks; maintains drainage tunnels, box culverts, storm water pollution removal facilities; maintains bridges; and conducts snow removal and flood control operations. Contact Us: 703.746.HELP (4357)

Resource Recovery

The T&ES Division of Resource Recovery, located in the T&ES Operations building at 2900 Business Center Drive provides refuse collection and recycling services. Contact Us:  703.746.HELP (4357)

Transit Services

Transit Services and Programs, located in room 1200 in City Hall, coordinates Metro related services, the Alexandria DASH bus service, DOT paratransit for the mobility impaired, ridesharing to promote the formation of car and vanpools, the Virginia Railway Express commuter rail, bus stop amenities, and other vehicle alternative programs. Contact Us: 703.746.4075


The Transportation Division, located at 3200 Colvin St., coordinates and maintains all signals and signs within the city street system. Contact Us: 703.746.4747

Transportation Planning

The Transportation Planning Division, located at 421 King St., Suite 300, implements the City's Comprehensive Transportation Master Plan, and focuses on a long-term vision for Alexandria's transportation system through partnerships with State, regional, and local agencies.