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Current hot topics in Arlington.

Super Stops

The first Super Stop at Walter Reed on Columbia Pike opened in early 2013. The Super Stop is a bigger, better and more easily accessible transit station designed to improve the commute for Metrobus and ART passengers and to attract more people to transit. The weekday ridership on the Pike is 16,000, the highest transit ridership in Virginia outside a rail line.

Secure Communities Program

On Mar. 1, 2011, the assistant director of the U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement (ICE) notified Arlington that it is not able to opt out of the Secure Communities program.

Urban Farming in Arlington

Residents and reporters have been asking: what are Arlington County's rules on raising "backyard chickens?"

Arlington & HOT Lanes

In Feb. 2011, Arlington County announced it is withdrawing its lawsuit on the proposed I-95/395 High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes project. The suit had claimed violations of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and was supported by a number of Virginia localities.

Columbia Pike Revitalization

Smart Growth principles are making Columbia Pike an even better place to live, work and play. Ambitious goals call for preserving historic buildings and a housing stock affordable to a wide range of incomes while adding transit options, public spaces, wider, tree-shaded sidewalks and mixed-use development.


The County Board has approved a streetcar for Columbia Pike, and is applying for federal funding to partially fund the project. Learn more about the County's planned streetcar system.

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