Duke Street in Motion
DUKE STREET Transitway ADVISORY GROUP
City Manager Jim Parajon has finalized his appointments to the Duke Street Transitway Advisory Group . The Advisory Group will hold its first meeting on Thursday, April 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Community Room at the Alexandria City Police Department (3600 Wheeler Road). The meeting is open to the public. For members of the public who would like to view the meeting via Zoom, please register here prior to the meeting.
On March 8, 2022, City Council approved the formation of the Advisory Group to assist City staff in the development of transit improvements for the corridor. Please read the fact sheet below for more details.
Advisory Group Meeting #1: April 28, 2022
ZOOM MEETING RECORDING (Note: Meeting starts at the 29 minute mark. There is a break between the 1:42 and 1:52 minute marks.)
Thank you for taking an interest in Duke Street In Motion, a project to ensure that transit improvements on the Duke Street corridor align with all of the community’s needs, provide adequate transportation choices, and keep the region moving. Your voice matters – let’s set Duke Street In Motion together!
The City is excited to continue Duke Street In Motion, a project focused on ensuring that transit improvements in the Duke Street corridor, from the Landmark Mall area to the King Street Metro Station, provide efficient transportation options that align with all users’ needs, wants, and expectations.
This project 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 1,700 responses both online and from in-person pop-up events. Read the results in the Community Input Summary section below.
There will be many additional opportunities to provide input and feedback on the plans for transit improvements on the corridor throughout 2022 and into early 2023. Please register HERE for updates from Transportation & Environmental Services (TE&S), including Duke Street In Motion updates for the next phases of the project. – we are listening!
Community Feedback Results
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.
Your voice matters! The community will create a vision for this corridor to steer the eventual outcome of improvements related to public transit, such as bus, as well as other related improvements for walking, riding a bicycle, driving, and using micromobility (for example, shared electric bikes and scooters). Based on the input received in the Summer 2021 project kick-off (see below), the City will develop a draft vision and goal statement for the alternative development and design phases of the project. The draft document will be available for review in Spring 2022.
The outreach plan for comments on the project's vision and goals are being finalized and will be shared on this page soon. In addition, the City is in the process of procuring a planning and design consultant to assist staff as we move into the Conceptual Planning and Preliminary Design phase of the project. This phase will start in the Spring of 2022 and will include many opportunities for public input throughout the planning process.
In the 2008 Transportation Master Plan, the City identified three high capacity transit corridors that were then reaffirmed in the 2012 Transit Corridors Feasibility Study. The Duke Street Corridor was one of three identified in that study (along with the Metroway on Route 1 and the West End Transitway). On July 9, 2020, the City of Alexandria was awarded $75 million in regional revenues from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) in the 2020-2025 Six Year Program. This funding will be used to help construct the first phase of improvements identified in the planning and public input phases of the project. Prior to July 2020, through NVTA’s inaugural 2018-2023 Six Year Program, the City received $12 million in regional revenues, utilized towards the design and engineering phases of the project.
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. Staff will lead an extensive public outreach effort building on the concepts of the original study. 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. The alternatives identified in the 2012 Study will be reviewed, along with other alternatives identified by the public, during the public engagement phase.
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.
Summer 2021 Kickoff and Community Input Summary
In summer 2021, the City launched an extensive process to identify the community’s desired transit, street design, and safety improvements for the Duke Street Corridor, all while keeping congestion relief and quicker commutes top of mind. Prior to any discussion about what transit improvements might look like along the Duke Street corridor, the City hosted events and activities to hear from all those who live, work, and travel along it.
Duke Street In Motion began with a community visioning process to understand the needs, wants, and expectations of all users of the Duke Street corridor.
The goal is to plan for the future of the corridor based on the values, goals, and input of the entire community and all of its users – including all residents, workers, businesses, and visitors. The community-developed vision will identify the needs, values, and concerns of the diverse corridor users and neighbors to guide a revised design plan for Duke Street. The Duke Street In Motion vision process is a vital first step in this overall project and will ensure that all future project outcomes align with this community-developed vision for the corridor that will impact the region as a whole.
Community Input Summary: The project was launched in June 2021 with several outreach events and an online feedback form requesting public input. The 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.
Thank you to all who participated in the first public participation phase to help create the community-developed vision for Duke Street In Motion.
Summer 2021 Events
Did you miss the webinar on June 23, 2021? To learn more about the project and listen to questions posed from the community, please view a recording of our informative Duke Street In Motion webinar HERE or view the slides HERE. A Spanish recording of the webinar is available HERE and the slides in Spanish are available HERE. Thank you again to all who attended and participated – we are listening!
Duke Street In Motion’s friendly bilingual street teams were at 23 events up and down the corridor for Duke Street In Motion Week (June 21 – June 28, 2021) and through the end of the feedback form term on July 31, 2021. Thank you to all who visited!
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.
Mark Schnaufer is the City's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Program Manager and can be reached at email@example.com.