To accomplish this, the City's Transit Services Division, located in room 3200 in City Hall, coordinates Metrobus and Metrorail service, the Alexandria DASH bus service, DOT paratransit for the mobility impaired, ridesharing to promote the formation of car and vanpools, the Virginia Railway Express commuter rail, bus stop amenities, and other programs designed to increase the use of alternatives to the single occupant vehicle and to protect the environment. The Transit Services Division also coordinates with the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services' Transportation Planning Division to improve mobility throughout the City.
City of Alexandria Transit Development Plan
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public
Transportation (DRPT) requires that any transit agency or municipality
providing transit service develop a six-year Transit Development Plan (TDP) as
a prerequisite for receiving capital and operating assistance from the
TDP serves as a policy document intended to inform and prioritize capital and
operating funding decisions for all transit services that operate in the City
of Alexandria, including DASH, Metrobus, Metrorail, MetroAccess, DOT
Paratransit, Fairfax Connector, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), and Amtrak.
The TDP consolidates the many recommendations for
transit services across the City, including projects such as: the West End
Transitway, station area projects at King Street and Eisenhower Avenue metro
stations, DASH service enhancements, and the pedestrian tunnel connecting King
Street metro station to Alexandria Union Station. Regardless of project sources, each project
included in the TDP were developed within the framework of the City’s
Transportation Master Plan and other City endorsed planning efforts.
The TDP is a six-year plan for all transit within
the City and should not be confused with DASH’s one-year Transit Development
program. However, DASH’s annual transit development program fits within the overall
policy guidance of the TDP.
Testimony to Commonwealth Transportation Board for the 2016-2021 Six-Year
City of Alexandria’s Department of Transportation & Environmental Services
is working towards creating a transportation network that encourages the use of
alternative modes of transportation and reduces dependency on single occupancy
vehicles. Due to the schedule conflict with the City Council meeting on April
28, Nathan Macek, Chair of the City’s Transportation Commission, provided
testimony on the draft FY 2016 to FY 2021 Six-Year Improvement Program on
behalf of the City of Alexandria to members of the Commonwealth Transportation
Board (CTB). The testimony focused on improvements of mobility options with
legislation such as House Bill (HB) 2313 and HB 1887 that provide addition
funding to the City. The testimony elaborated on the partnership that
extended the City a $50 million loan through the Virginia Transportation
Infrastructure Bank for the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station, funding for
construction of the I-395 South Widening Project, and continued support for
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
Local Motion Program
The City of Alexandria’s Local Motion program promotes and encourages public transit, ridesharing, bicycling, and walking as money and time saving alternatives that discourage driving alone, reduce automobile dependence, increase mobility and improve air quality.
Bus Stop Accessibility and Amenities Program
Facilities are provided at transit stops to help make transit more comfortable and convenient to customers, thereby encouraging usage. Bus stop improvements include: Installing Concrete Loading Pads / Accessible Bus Stops, Installing Bus Stop Benches and Installing Bus Shelters.
DOT Paratransit Program
DOT is the City of Alexandria's specialized transportation service for residents of the City of Alexandria and visitors who cannot use regular transit buses or rail due to their disability.Trips are provided by taxicabs and wheelchair accessible vans.
King Street Trolley
The Free King Street Trolley transports riders between the King Street Metro Station and the Potomac River waterfront. The trolley runs daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. every 15 minutes.
King Street Station Access Improvement Study
The purpose of the King Street Station Access Improvement Study is to find way to improve safety and access for pedestrians, transit vehicles and others at the King Street Metro Station.
Transit Service Information
Transit Information for safe, convenient and reliable commuter services that can be used throughout the region: Bus Services, Rail Services and Commuter Resources.
Transitway Corridor Feasibility Study
The Transitway Corridor Feasibility Study, now complete, was conducted by the City of Alexandria for the purpose of investigating the feasibility of implementing dedicated corridor transit service in the city in three corridors-North-South, Duke Street, and Van Dorn/Beauregard. The Transitway Corridor Feasibility Study builds on the 2008 City Council adopted Transportation Master Plan.
Old Town Transit Shop
The Old Town Transit Shop is your connection for Passes, Tokens, SmarTrip cards, schedule and transit information for all bus, rail, and train service to the Washington Metro area.
Transportation Management Plans
Transportation Management Plans (TMPs) are part of the City of Alexandria Zoning Ordinance. The ordinance requires that projects of a certain size submit a special use permit application which must include a traffic impact analysis and a transportation management plan. A TMP fund is established to finance the transportation strategies to induce people to use modes other than the single occupancy vehicle.