17 Aug '11, 2pm

New data show how transit corridors reduce traffic, increase walking

New data show how transit corridors reduce traffic, increase walking

New data from Arlington County, Virginia, provide an in-depth look at how a jurisdiction known for great planning has leveraged excellent transit service and transit-oriented development into efficient transportation performance. Arlington, just across the Potomac from Washington, DC, is often cited for good reason as a smart growth success story: I reported on the inner suburb back in 2008, in a two-part series (here and here ) noting how Arlington had added over 24,000 homes and 17 million square feet of office and retail space with little discernible effect on automobile traffic. (More recent reports put the latter number at closer to 25 million square feet.) This was done primarily by concentrating growth in corridors well-served by transit, while leaving intact the county’s beautiful neighborhoods of single-family homes. The story can now be updated. Writing in The Wa...

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