Four Bond Referenda Added to Nov 3 Ballot
● Stormwater-management: $50.8M
● Transportation and Metro: $30M
● Infrastructure: $7.5M
● Parks: $3.6M
A school-bond referendum is also likely
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.
ART 75 Weekday Bus Service Returning June 29
Starting on Monday, June 29, ART 75 will return to weekday bus service and operate a regular weekday schedule.
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Clarendon & Virginia Square Metro Stations Reopening Sunday Jun 28
WMATA is also opening 15 other Metro Rail stations. All stations west of Ballston will remain closed until Aug 16. National Cemetery remains closed with no reopening date specified.
Masks Now Required on Metro
Face coverings or masks are now required when traveling on Metro. This applies to all Metro stations, trains, buses, and MetroAccess vehicles.
WMATA News Release
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
More Metro Closings
After Memorial Day 38% of Metro stations will be indefinitely closed.
The only open station in Arlington west of Courthouse will be Ballston station.
Beginning Sat, May 23 Metro is closing:
● Orange Line: East Falls Church, West Falls Church, Dunn Loring, Vienna.
● Silver Line: McLean, Tysons, Greensboro, Spring Hill, Wiehle-Reston East. (There will be no Silver Line service.)
Station reopening is vaguely scheduled for “the Fall.”
Shuttle buses will operate every 10 minutes 5AM – 9PM weekdays and every 15 minutes 8AM – 9PM weekends.
Despite a lack of service, Metro expects cash-strapped Arlington County to pay Metro its full subsidy.
Metro News Release
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
N Lynn Street Paving Starts March 16
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.
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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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County Street Maintenance Web Page
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.
Android App iPhone App ExpressLanes.com GoToll.com
Dorsey Resigns from Metro Board Amid Money Troubles
Christian Dorsey resigned from the Metro board Thursday, Feb 6. This reportedly removes his obligation to repay a $10,000 campaign donation from the ATU, Metro’s biggest labor union.
Dorsey’s position will be temporarily filled by Loudoun Board of Supervisors member Matthew LeTourneau until the NVTC appoints a permanent replacement at its March 5 meeting.
Story at WaPo
Story at ARLnow
$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.
To learn more about transportation safety in Arlington, visit the County website
County Plans Bus/HOV Lane on Lee Hwy
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.
More details at ARLNow
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).
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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.
Arl Co Project Page
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