Information on how to get to and through the City of Alexandria, including walking, biking, bus, rail, air, ridesharing, and more.
GO Alex is the City's Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program and a resource for transportation options. For residents and visitors, the program provides many resources for those who are taking transit, walking, biking, ridesharing or using other ways to get around. For employers, GO Alex helps set up commuter transportation programs.
Alexandria joined the regional Capital Bikeshare network in September 2012 with eight stations. Today, there are 31 stations throughout the City of Alexandria, with more on the way. The Mobility Services division helps to market Capital Bikeshare to Alexandria residents, visitors and workers.
Want to save time, save money, have fun, get exercise, and go green? Joining Capital Bikeshare is easy. Follow the simple instructions here to learn how to become a member. In addition, GoAlex provides a free 24-hour membership coupon for City residents. For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/Bikesharing.
The City of Alexandria has completed the first phase of 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, and has moved into phase two of the program which will continue through December 2020. 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.
DOT Paratransit is a program that provides paratransit services under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to Alexandria residents. Individuals with disabilities which prevent them from being able to use accessible transit on a temporary or permanent basis may be able to use DOT paratransit services.
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) manages the Guaranteed Ride home program, which offers a free and reliable ride home when one of life's unexpected emergencies arise. If you rideshare, bicycle, walk or take public transportation to work at least twice a week, you qualify for a free emergency ride home up to 4 times annually. Providers are on call Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to make sure you get home when you need to.
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. Parking initiatives are ongoing throughout the City in all areas including
residential permit parking,
motorcoach parking, and designated on-street spaces for
food trucks. In addition, the City has also completed several
parking studies and is implementing recommendations from these studies, including the
Old Town Area Parking (OTAPS) Parking Standards for New Development, and
Del Ray Parking Study.
A Transportation Management Plan, or TMP, is a site-specific plan of strategies to encourage residents and employees to take public transportation, walk, bike or share a ride, as opposed to driving alone. TMPs are part of the City of Alexandria Zoning Ordinance. The ordinance requires that projects of a certain size submit a special use permit application which must include a Transportation Management Plan. A TMP fund is established to finance the transportation strategies to encourage people to use modes other than the single occupancy vehicle.
The City of Alexandria regulates taxicabs operating in the city. Meter rates charged by taxicabs are set by the Alexandria City Council. All taxicabs and taxicab drivers must be licensed by the City of Alexandria. The City’s Hack Inspector, an officer in the Alexandria Police Department, is responsible for addressing the licensing of drivers and inspection of taxicabs as well as addressing concerns about all taxicab violations.
The City is in the process of upgrading streetlights with more efficient and sustainable LED bulbs. The LED lights have environmental, safety and cost benefits, and they align with the City's Eco-City Alexandria plan and Vision Zero goals.
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