Duke Street In Motion
Save the Date! Community Input Events Coming in October
From October 1 to October 28, the City will host a variety of events and activities to share street design concepts for Duke Street and gather input on priorities and tradeoffs. This will be the second community input phase of Duke Street In Motion, following up on last summer’s community input on the overall vision and goals for the project. Community input in October will contribute to deciding which elements to advance into further design, analysis, and additional public input as we work to develop a final design recommendation for Duke Street In Motion.
There are several ways you will be able to learn more and give your input:
- View the kick-off webinar: Coming October 1
- Share your input using the online feedback form: Coming October 1
- Learn more at an in-person gathering
- Segment 3* (Roth Street – King Street Metro Station): October 12, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Bishop Ireton Auditorium
- Segment 2* (Jordan Street – Roth Street): October 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Bishop Ireton Auditorium
- Segment 1* (West End Alexandria – Jordan Street): October 20, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Patrick Henry Rec Center
- Corridor-wide Open House (no presentation at this meeting): October 26, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (drop in any time), Patrick Henry Rec Center
*Note that you can learn about and provide feedback on all segments at each meeting.
4. Stop by a pop-up event
- October 1, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Beatley Library (5005 Duke St)
- October 7, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Foxchase Apartments (766 N Howard St)
- October 8, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Dukes Laundromat (80 N Gordon St)
- October 9, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Brenman Park (4800 Brenman Park Dr)
- October 14, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. at The Mark Apartments (100 S Reynolds St)
- October 15, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Speedy Laundromat (235 S Van Dorn St)
- October 16, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Angel Park (201 W Taylor Run Pkwy)
- October 16, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Witter Field (2660 Witter Dr)
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The first phase of this effort – a community visioning – was launched in June 2021 with several outreach events and an online feedback form requesting public input. Response to the feedback form was outstanding, with over 1,800 responses both online and from in-person pop-up events. Read the results in the Phase 1 Visioning Community Feedback Results section below. The input from this phase informed the development of Vision and Guiding Principles adopted by the Duke Street in Motion Advisory Group.
The second phase – conceptual design for transit in the corridor – is currently underway and will includes multiple opportunities for public input.
The Duke Street corridor was first identified in the 2008 Transportation Master Plan and then reaffirmed in the 2012 Transit Corridors Feasibility Study and the 2021 Alexandria Mobility Plan as one of the City’s three high capacity transit corridors, along with the Metroway on Route 1 and the West End Transitway. The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority has awarded the City a total of $87 million dollars for the planning, design, and construction of a transitway along the Duke Street Corridor from Landmark Mall to King Street Metro Station.
Since the adoption of the 2012 Study, transportation priorities, land use plans, and (more recently) a major change in home-to-work travel patterns have created the need to re-evaluate the transit plans for the Duke Street Corridor. In 2021, the City undertook an extensive public outreach effort to inform the development of a vision and guiding principles for the development of a transit corridor on Duke Street. While transit improvements are the primary focus of this effort, other community priorities such as safety, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and vehicle travel are also important considerations for this project.
Staff briefed City Council on the project at their November 24, 2020 legislative meeting, that presentation can be viewed HERE. You can also view a presentation from the Duke Street In Motion June 2021 community webinar HERE.
Duke Street Transitway Advisory Group
On March 8, 2022, City Council approved the formation of the Duke Street Transitway Advisory Group to assist City staff in the development of transit improvements for the corridor. The Advisory Group will meet several times over the next 12-16 months, usually on the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The meetings are open to the public. For Zoom access, please use this link to register prior to each Advisory Committee meeting.
Note that there will not be an October meeting of the Advisory Group.
Phase 1 Visioning Community Feedback Results (June 2021)
The City of Alexandria has compiled the results of more than 1,800 feedback form responses from both online and in-person pop-up events for the Duke Street In Motion project. Watch the video below for a brief overview of some of the findings from the community's input.
Community Input Summary: City has compiled the results of the feedback forms and provided a summary report of the findings of your input. If you are interested in seeing all the data submitted, the complete results are available in this sortable Excel file.
Phase 1 Outreach (June 2021)
Thank you to all who participated in the first public participation phase to help create the community-developed vision for Duke Street In Motion.
The Duke Street Transitway project will be closely coordinated with a number of other initiatives that are intended to more efficiently move people along Duke Street, improve mobility, and alleviate congestion.
- Duke Street is an important part of the Alexandria Transit Vision Plan 2030 network, providing connections to various parts of the city with frequent, all-day service.
- As part of the Smart Mobility Program, the City is currently installing additional Transit and Emergency Vehicle Signal Priority along Duke Street. If you’re interested, you can learn more about Transit Signal Priority here and watch a video about Intelligent Transportation Systems in general here.
- Duke Street was prioritized as one of the first two corridors in the City to receive signal upgrades through the Adaptive Traffic Signal Control project, which will allow the network of signals to better detect vehicles and automatically adjust their timing to improve traffic flow.
- The City was awarded funding to improve safety and traffic congestion at the high crash intersection of Duke Street and West Taylor Run Parkway.
- Because Duke Street was identified as a high crash corridor through the Vision Zero Action Plan, staff is also working to provide safety upgrades along the corridor.
- Transitway Corridor Feasibility Study (2012)
- Council Recommendation on Transitway Corridors (2012)
- Memo to Council on History of Corridors B (Duke Street) and C (West End Transitway) (2018)
- Transitway Corridor Feasibility Study Webpage
- Duke Street NVTA Application (2018)
- Duke Street NVTA Application (2020)
- November 24, 2020 City Council Presentation
- Vision and Guiding Principles for Duke Street in Motion (Adopted June 2022)
Jen Slesinger Monaco is the project manager for this effort and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.