There are two parts to this public engagement opportunity for the Custis Trail Needs Assessment and Priority Improvements Study:

  1. Project Location and Existing Conditions
  2. Questions About Your Experiences
    • On this page, we have questions for you about how you use the Custis Trail and your experiences while traveling along the trail.
  3. Interactive Map
    • You will be able to add your notes to specific locations. Your more detailed experiences will help inform the project team as they develop recommended improvements.

This engagement opportunity is open through February 18. Your experiences will help inform the development of the Study, along with other available information, such as plan guidance and other available data. Thank you for helping improve our projects to better meet your needs!


Staff from Department of Environmental Services (DES) and the Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) are assessing the Custis Trail and its associated trailheads from its western terminus at the intersection with the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail to its eastern terminus with the Mount Vernon Trail in Rosslyn, adjacent to the Key Bridge. This work is being conducted in partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Virginia Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment(OIPI), and Toole Design.

The results of the Study will inform where the County should invest in more detailed feasibility study, scoping, and design for future capital projects through the County's Capital Improvement Plan.

Project Goals

  • Examine and document the current state of the Custis Trail.
  • Identify opportunities for improvements to the Custis Trail and its connections to surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Develop recommendations for future investment in the Custis Trail that deliver on the County's goals for park access, recreation, and multimodal transportation.

Project Basis

Guidance from this project comes from the following County Board-adopted plans and policies:

Arlington County

  • Master Transportation Plan
  • Langston Boulevard Area Plan
  • Public Spaces Master Plan
  • Vision Zero Action Plan
  • Stormwater Master Plan
  • Forestry and Natural Resources Plan

Regional Plans

  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for the National Capital Region (Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments)
  • I-66 Multimodal Study: Inside the Beltway (Virginia Department of Transportation)

Please visit the project webpage for more detailed information about this project and how we get here.