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Mr. Chris Zimmerman

Wrong Chris Zimmerman?


Local Address: Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Arlington County Board

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Bachelor of Science , Political Science and Economics
    The American University
  • Master of Arts , Economics
    University of Maryland
  • Gunston Middle School , Rebecca
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.S. , political science and economics
  • M.A. , economics
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Web References
Tregoning is stepping down ..., 4 Feb 2014 [cached]
Tregoning is stepping down around the same time as Arlington County Board member Chris Zimmerman.
The good news is that both Tregoning and Zimmerman are staying in DC while they work on national issues.
Tags: anti neighbors, Chris Zimmerman, DC, density, Harriet Tregoning, NCPC, planning, Smart Growth, Vincent Gray
Live chat with Chris Zimmerman
Zimmerman is stepping down after 17 years on the Arlington County Board to work for Smart Growth America.
We have with us today as our guest Chris Zimmerman, an Arlington County Board member for the past 18 years. Mr. Zimmerman will be retiring from the board within the next couple weeks to work for Smart Growth America. Thanks for joining us today, Chris.
Chris Zimmerman: Glad to be here (virtually speaking).
Chris, let's start out with Arlington and your experience on the board. How has Arlington changed in nearly two decades?
Chris Zimmerman: Well obviously the vision for Arlington as a TOD-based community has blossomed into reality; in the 90s it was still more of a plan, something hoped for.
Chris Zimmerman: That has resulted in transit service being extended county-wide (ART), sidewalk improvements, bike facilities throughout the County, etc. In the 90s we didn't have the smart growth vocabulary, so it was a little less cohesive as a shared vision.
Chris Zimmerman: There has been strong for the streetcar plan consistently since the first approval in 2006. A solid majority in both the Arlington and Fairfax Boards is committed to realizing it.
Chris Zimmerman: The debate over streetcar in Arlington parallels that over every rail project anywhere in America, especially in recent years.
Chris Zimmerman: BRT is an important component in an overall strategy for regional mobility.
Chris Zimmerman: A dedicated lane for transit is always to be desired.
Chris Zimmerman: I think value capture will likely be key to significant transit improvements and TOD in the US in coming years.
Chris Zimmerman: I think that today there is a loud contingent of strident people opposed to all kinds of things, everywhere.
Chris Zimmerman: First thing is to assess what assets you already have in place. A grid of streets? A good Main Street? Legacy buildings?
Chris Zimmerman: As an elected official I've had the opportunity to work very intensively on one community
Chris Zimmerman: That's really a question of political will.
Chris Zimmerman: The "we" I was referring to was the nation; so, unfortunately, this is a problem of politics.
Chris Zimmerman: Thank you.
Tags: Arlington, BRT, Chris Zimmerman, live chat, Smart Growth, streetcars, TOD, value capture, Virginia, WMATA
Chris Zimmerman leaving Arlington County Board
Arlington County board member Christopher Zimmerman will step down early next year to join Smart Growth America. During his 18 years in office, Zimmerman was an outspoken board advocate for public transportation and smart growth.
Photo by Cliff on Flickr.
Zimmerman will become Vice President for Economic Development at Smart Growth America, a national advocacy group for sustainable transportation and development practices. In a press release, the organization said that Zimmerman will "focus on the relationships between smart growth strategies and the economic and fiscal health of communities."
A board member since 1996, Zimmerman also served on many regional planning boards, such as the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, the WMATA Board of Directors, the VRE board, and the regional Transportation Planning Board. Arlington will hold a special election to fill his seat next spring.
In a statement yesterday, Zimmerman noted that when he was first elected in 1996, now-common ideas in Arlington like traffic calming, bike lanes, and transit-oriented development didn't exist. Two of Zimmerman's signature accomplishments were helping to create the ART bus, which now has 13 routes in the county, and the Neighborhood Conservation Program, which provides money to individual neighborhoods to fund improvements and has brought sidewalks and streetlights to many Arlington neighborhoods.
More recently, Zimmerman has been an ardent proponent of the Columbia Pike Streetcar, part of a the larger Columbia Pike Initiative. That effort established a form-based code to turn the formerly suburban strip into a compact, walkable urban neighborhood, and set greater standards for preserving affordable housing in the area. These helped make Arlington an example for Smart Growth across the region and nationwide.
During his 13 years on the WMATA Board, Zimmerman relentlessly pushed for better service and for more rider-friendly policies. He was the strongest advocate for open data at Metro, which utimately helped convince the agency to publish its schedules, routes, and real-time vehicle locations in open, public formats. He also fought widening I-66 and I-395 and other efforts by the state to push more commuter traffic through Arlington against the county's wishes.
Zimmerman's departure means that's there will be a special election to replace Zimmerman this spring. It's likely that the Columbia Pike streetcar and issues relating to transportation and land use will play a big part in the campaign as they have in previous board races. Whoever hopes to replace them will have big shoes to fill as Mr. Zimmerman's influence will loom large in Arlington and greater Washington for years. Smart growth or public transportation advocates have their work cut out for them if they want to support a candidate in Arlington who is dedicated to those issues as much as Zimmerman has for the past 18 years.
Chris Zimmerman is one of the reasons why these debates happen in Arlington today. Now, we will see if his work at Smart Growth America will make this conversation more prominent on a national level. Read more > < Summary only 10 comments Tags: Arlington, Chris Zimmerman, Columbia Pike, Smart Growth, streetcars, Virginia, WMATA
Talk about bikes in Arlington: Dr. Ralph Buehler, professor and author of City Cycling, will talk about ways to promote biking with Shane Farthing of WABA, Arlington County board member Chris Zimmerman, and our own Jaime Fearer.
NVTC Bios, 9 Jan 2014 [cached]
Christopher Zimmerman
Commissioner, Arlington County
Christopher Zimmerman joined NVTC in 1998, and served as chairman in 2002 and 2009. He has been a member of the Arlington County Board from 1996 and currently serves as its chairman. Mr. Zimmerman served on the WMATA Board of Directors from 1998-2011 (having previously served as chairman in 2002 and 2008). He is also a member of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and t he Transportation Planning Board for the National Capital Region. In addition, he is a member of the VRE Operations Board and served as its chairman in 2009. Mr. Zimmerman holds a B.S. degree in Political Science and Economics from the American University and a M.A. in economics from the University of Maryland.
ACDC Newsletter - November 2004, 1 Nov 2004 [cached]
Chris Keeps Us Movin': County Board Vice Chairman Chris Zimmerman has been appointed by Gov.
Chris has considerable interest and expertise in transportation,he serves as one of Virginia's two members on the board of directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which he also has chaired.He is vice chair of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.He also has chaired the Transportation Planning Board for the National Capital Region, is a member of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and serves as president of the Virginia Transit Association.And he's an alternate member of the Virginia Railway Express Operations Board.
Chris Zimmerman, ..., 10 Jan 2014 [cached]
Chris Zimmerman, County Board Member
Barcroft Newsletter for September, 2002, 4 Nov 2013 [cached]
Many neighbors took the opportunity that night to meet the newly appointed 3rd District Police Officers, Kim Smith from the Civic Federation Emergency Preparedness team, Red Cross representatives, members of the Sheriff's Department, several Parking Aides, all three of the crossing guards that protect our kids at Barcroft Elementary School, Mary Hynes from the School Board and Chris Zimmerman and Barbara Favola -- and of course to enjoy the company of other Barcrofters!
If you are interested in contributing anything, it must in by the 15th of each month to, or call Christina at 271-0631.
A resolution was agreed at that meeting to support recommendations to lower the tax rates adopted by the Arlington Civic Federation, and a letter was sent County Board Chairman, Chris Zimmerman, requesting that the Board take the BSCL resolution into account in its FY2003 budget deliberations.
Send items to, or call Christina at 271-0631.
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