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Crystal City-Potomac Yard Transitway Project

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Real-time Bus Displays Now at Crystal City-Potomac Yard Transitway Stations
Real-time bus arrival displays were recently installed at seven Crystal City-Potomac Yard Transitway stations.  Passengers can now see how many minutes it will be before the next Metroway bus or Metrobus arrives at their Transitway station in Potomac Yard.  Displays are located at the northbound and southbound stations at Potomac Avenue, Custis Avenue, Swann Avenue, and East Glebe Road.

Real Time Arrival 1  Real Time Arrival 2

City Recognized by American Council of Engineering Companies for Crystal City-Potomac Yard Transitway
On January 22, the City was recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies of the Metropolitan Washington region (ACEC/MW) at the Engineering Excellence Awards for its Crystal City-Potomac Yard Transitway project.  The project received an Honor Award, which recognizes projects that demonstrate a high degree of achievement, value, and ingenuity.  The City’s project was recognized for the engineering solutions required to overcome challenges related to the project’s location, which is on the site of a former rail facility; complex design, and construction activities required to build a transitway between active lanes of traffic along the Route 1 corridor. The City also earned a National Recognition Award in the national ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards competition

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Metroway Off to Strong Start

The new Metroway premium transit service, which opened in late August, has begun with a strong start, raising weekday ridership to nearly 1,500 per day. This exceeds ridership of the 9S bus (the Crystal City/Potomac Yard shuttle, which was replaced by Metroway) by 50% and builds on unchanged 9A bus ridership (which also operates through the four Alexandria Metroway stations).

Metroway, 9S and 9A Ridership, August 1-September 16, 2014


Metroway Service Begins!

  • Metroway service between Braddock Road and Crystal City Metro Stations, via the Crystal City-Potomac Yard Transitway, began Sunday, August 24th.
  • Metroway replaces the Metrobus 9S and features dedicated bus-only lanes, consolidated bus stops, greater bus frequency, later night service, seven days a week.
  • Buses run every 12 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends.
  • Services operates during the following hours:
    • Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    • Friday: 5:30 a.m. - midnight
    • Saturday: 6:30 a.m. - midnight
    • Sunday: 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • See for all the details.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

  • On Saturday, August 23rd, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place to celebrate the opening of the Crystal City-Potomac Yard Transitway.
  • Alexandria Mayor and WMATA Board Mayor Bill Euille was master of ceremonies and delivered the opening remarks.
  • Guest speakers at the ceremony included:
    • Mary Hughes Hynes, Vice Chair of the Arlington County Board
    • Timothy Lovain, Second Vice Chair of the Transportation Planning Board and Alexandria City Councilmember
    • Matthew Welbes, Executive Director of the Federal Transit Administration
    • Jennifer Mitchell, Director of the Virginia Department of Rail & Public Transportation
    • Jack Requa, Assistant General Manager of Bus Services at WMATA
  • The Mayor, City Councilmembers, and guest speakers opened the transitway with a ribbon cutting and ceremonial first ride on the new Metroway service.

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Rider Resources

Metroway Map 

Future Improvements

  • Real-time bus arrival screens in all transit stations
  • Extension of dedicated transitway from South Glebe Rd. to Crystal City in Arlington
  • Metroway route to be extended to Pentagon City Metrorail Station with new stops at Fayette St. in Alexandria and Pentagon City Metro Station and 33rd & Crystal Dr. in Arlington 


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