All 91 Metro Stations Now Open
Vienna & Dunn Loring stations have reopened. Parking continues to be limited for several additional months at the 4 Orange Line stations west of Ballston: Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church & East Falls Church. News Release
● Face coverings required (but not enforced) on trains, buses & in stations
● Silver Line beyond Wiehle-Reston East (Phase 2) is expected to open in 2021.
Metro Returning to (Almost) Regular Schedule
On Sunday (Aug 16) Metro trains resume normal schedules: rush hours every 8 minutes on all lines; off-peak 15 minutes except 12 minutes on the Red Line. Regular opening times (5AM weekdays, 7AM Sat, 8AM Sun). Closing at 11PM, still much earlier than “normal.” Vienna, Dunn Loring, East Falls Church, and Arlington Cemetery stations remain closed.
On Sunday (Aug 23) bus service will resume on routes that have not had service in months. Increased service on almost every line. Buses will run from 4AM to midnight daily. Only Metrobus route 38B on Wilson & Clarendon Blvds serves LV.
Masks and social distancing will be encouraged, but not enforced. Metro notes that “social distancing may not be possible on every train and bus”. WMATA News Release
Plan to Rename Lee Highway
The Lee Highway Alliance (LHA) will develop a Working Group of stakeholders including the LHA Community Advisory Committee, civic associations, property owners, and business owners in the corridor. The Working Group will meet over the summer and into the fall, at which time a shortlist of names will be sent to the County Board. Arlington must reach consensus on the name with adjacent jurisdictions. News Release
VA AG Sues Advanced Towing Company
Attorney General Mark Herring filed suit against Advanced Towing, alleging the company breaks state and county towing provisions and is “frequently predatory, aggressive, overreaching and illegal.” Herring seeks restitution for consumers and a bar on future violations of the law. NBC4 Washington LV’s Community House has a towing contract with Advanced Towing.
DMV Reopening Plan
Beginning May 18, DMV is opening 11 customer service centers statewide for specific, appointment-only services. Site nearest to LV is 50 miles away at 5700 Southpoint Centre Boulevard, Fredericksburg More Information at DMV
Ballston Metro Station Plaza Improvements
18 months of construction begins in June on major improvements to the bus stops and seating areas along N Fairfax Dr and N Stuart St. Bus stops E, F & G along Fairfax Dr will be relocating on Sun, May 31. Details on the project page
ART Bus Rides Now Free
● Arlington Transit bus riders to enter/exit buses using rear doors only
● Customers who require the wheelchair ramp can enter through the front
● Fare collection is suspended
● Routes operate Mon-Fri on Saturday schedule: 41, 42, 45, 51, 55, 77, 87
● Other routes continue to be suspended ART News Release
Arlington Transit Shuts Down Most Routes
Seven Routes, including four near Lyon Village, will continue to operate on Saturday schedules.
ART 41: Along Columbia Pike
ART 42: Ballston to Pentagon
ART 45: Columbia Pike to Rosslyn
ART 51: Ballston to Virginia Hospital Center
ART 55: East Falls Church to Lee Highway and Rosslyn
ART 77: Shirlington to Lyon Park and Courthouse
ART 87: Pentagon to Army Navy Drive and Shirlington
ART 42 & 87: Terminates at the Pentagon instead of Pentagon City
ART 45: Starts 1 hour early at 6:30 am
ART 43: Runs every 20 minutes from 6AM-11PM following its weekday route
● Real-time schedule information will not be available for most bus lines.
● STAR service, serving elderly or disabled residents, will continue operating. ART Announcement
Arlington Loses Seat on WMATA Board
For the first time in recent memory, Arlington will not have a representative on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) board of directors. WMATA operates the MetroRail and MetroBus systems.
Story at Sun Gazette
Milling and repaving on North Lynn Street between east and westbound Lee Highway will occur during the day from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20 during normal construction hours. Click to Continue Reading…
The street repaving program runs from March to November. A letter will be mailed to all residents included in a paving project area about 4 to six 6 weeks in advance of the start repaving. Door hangers will be distributed to affected residents with more specific information 48 hours prior to the repaving of their street. Areas scheduled for repaving in Lyon Village are shown on this map in red.
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Lyft, Jump & Spin Scooters Denied Arlington Permit
Must remove scooters from Arlington by March 15. Only Jump, Lyft, Skip, and Spin are licensed in DC, hence only Skip and Jump can be ridden in both DC and Arlington. ARLnow
Scooters Yes, E-Bikes No
Five e-scooter firms: Bird, Jump, Lime, Razor and Skip were approved to operate in Arlington county. Three others were rejected for various reasons, like lack of speedometers on their scooters. The only applicant for electric-bicycles failed to get County approval. Sun Gazette
New App for VA Highway Tolls
Transurban, the company that runs Virginia’s express lanes, has developed Android and iPhone apps for mobile payment of tolls. It is intended for people who occasionally use Virginia’s toll roads but don’t have an E-Z Pass.
The app currently works on 12 Virginia highways, including the express lanes on the Capital Beltway, I-95 and I-66. The app does not currently work on any highways outside Virginia.
$65 fine for parking in a bike lane in DC starts Feb 28.
The new procedure allows parking enforcement officers (PEO) to take photographs of motorists that are seen blocking bike lanes, and then send out a ticket to violators.
More at WJLA
$200 Additional Speeding Fine
The Arlington County Board voted unanimously to establish a $200 additional speeding fine zone for residential neighborhoods that meet certain criteria. The move came in response to complaints from residents about speeding and pedestrian safety. The current $80 fine would jump to $280.
To qualify for the designation, a road must be in a residential area; must be classified as a neighborhood principal, minor arterial or major arterial street on the County’s road classification map and must have a documented speeding issue.
Once a road is found to qualify, a “$200 Additional Speeding Fine” sign will be attached to the speed limit signs along the road to alert drivers. The fine will be added to the current fine for speeding in a residential neighborhood, which is $6 for every mile-per-hour above the 25 miles-per-hour speed limit (plus the state-mandated $66 in court fees). The County Manager said staff will widely communicate the new fine.
County Board Chair Libby Garvey said that speeding fines are just one of many methods the County uses to make streets across Arlington safe for all who use them, including protected bike lanes; signage; traffic signals; enforcement campaigns, and the Vision Zero traffic safety strategy, adopted by the Board in July 2019.
Under the plan curb lanes would be bus/HOV only eastbound from N Veitch to N. Lynn during AM peak and westbound from N Oak to N Veitch during PM peak. This section of Lee Hwy is 3 lanes wide in each direction and highly congested during peak hours. This makes it difficult for buses to maintain schedule.
App to Report Traffic Safety Violators Starting up in DC now. Hopefully Arlington will follow.
The Our Streets app allows users report traffic safety violations directly to DC government. The app connects to the complaint system at DC’s DFHV (Department of For-Hire Vehicles, which regulates taxi and ride-hailing companies). Click to Continue Reading…
Dec 14, 2019: The County Board approved a project to widen North Glebe Road (Route 120) to add northbound and southbound full-width left turn lanes. The new turn lanes will improve traffic flow and give pedestrians more time to cross the street. Work to underground overhead utilities in the project area that began in January 2017 is near complete. Roadway construction is anticipated to start in spring 2020 and last for two years.
Arlington’s SMD (E-Scooter/E-Bike) Pilot Evaluation Report
Arlington’s pilot kicked off in September 2018 with Bird and Lime and is expected to end in December 2019 with seven operators. This report provides the results of the evaluation of the nine-month Arlington County pilot program, including trends in deployment, utilization and feedback from the community to understand Shared Mobility Device (SMD) adoption and system performance. Click to Continue Reading…
Vehicle Decals No Longer Needed
The Arlington County Board voted last year to eliminate the requirement to display a decal. You can remove your old decal and dispose of it. The Motor Vehicle License fee ($33 for cars), which is an annual registration fee, has not been eliminated.
Beyer Writes FAA On Airplane Noise in Arlington
Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08) sent a letter to the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration expressing concerns about its recent announcement to make changes to flight paths at DCA to accommodate Secret Service needs without giving meaningful consideration to community interests. Beyer urged FAA to delay implementation of the proposed changes to DCA flight procedures in order to engage the community. Beyer Press Release
“See Me Flags” Popping Up in Arlington, F.C. & Alex.
2019 has seen a troublesome rise in pedestrian fatalities in Arlington. Last month a 55-year-old woman became the fourth pedestrian fatality. The number of traffic-related pedestrian fatalities in 2019 now equals the combined total of in the preceding four years. Click to Continue Reading…
Arlington’s Updated Energy Plan
The Arlington County Board adopted a sweeping update to the Community Energy Plan that sets ambitious targets for transforming the County’s energy sector.
The plan incorporates goals for buildings; resilience; renewable energy; transportation, County government actions, and education and human behavior. It envisions a carbon neutral Arlington by 2050 that will be more resilient, where all electricity will come from renewable sources, where more residents will drive electric vehicles and more will use transit, and where homes and buildings will be more energy-efficient.