Transit Services

The increase in traffic in our area impedes the movement of people and goods in our city. The pollution created by traffic destroys the air we breathe. The City of Alexandria is working to reduce the congestion generated by single occupancy vehicles, improve mobility throughout the city and protect our environment.

Page updated on Jan 17, 2018 at 10:38 AM

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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.

What's New? 

City of Alexandria Transit Development Plan

Title Page and Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Overview of the Transit System

Chapter 2 - Goals, Objectives, and Standards

Chapter 3 - Service and System Evaluation

Chapter 4 - Service Expansion Projects

Chapter 5 - Operations Plan

Chapter 6 - Capital Improvement Program

Chapter 7 - Financial Plan

Chapter 8 - TDP Monitoring and Evaluation

Appendix A - Metrobus and DASH Summary

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 Commonwealth. 

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.

City Provides Testimony to Commonwealth Transportation Board for the 2016-2021 Six-Year Improvement Plan

The 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.

   dark sqr   GO Alex Program 

The City of Alexandria’s GO Alex 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.

   dark sqr  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.

   dark sqr  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.

   dark sqr  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.

   dark sqr  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.

   dark sqr  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.

   dark sqr  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.   

   dark sqr  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.

   dark sqr  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.