Information on how to get to and through the City of Alexandria, including walking, biking, bus, rail, air, ridesharing, and more.
GO Alex is the City's transportation demand management (TDM) program and a resource for transportation options. For residents and visitors, the program provides many resources for those who are taking transit, walking, biking, ridesharing or using other ways to get around. For employers, GO Alex helps set up commuter transportation programs.
Alexandria joined the regional Capital Bikeshare network in September 2012 with eight stations. Today, there are 31 stations throughout the City of Alexandria, with more on the way. The Transit Services division helps to market Capital Bikeshare to Alexandria residents, visitors and workers.
Want to save time, save money, have fun, get exercise, and go green? Joining Capital Bikeshare is easy. Follow the simple instructions here to learn how to become a member. In addition, GoAlex provides a free 24-hour membership coupon for City residents. For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/Bikesharing.
DOT Paratransit is a program that provides paratransit services under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to Alexandria residents. Individuals with disabilities which prevent them from being able to use accessible transit on a temporary or permanent basis may be able to use DOT paratransit services.
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) manages the Guaranteed Ride home program, which offers a free and reliable ride home when one of life's unexpected emergencies arise. If you rideshare, bicycle, walk or take public transportation to work at least twice a week, you qualify for a free emergency ride home up to 4 times annually. Providers are on call Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to make sure you get home when you need to.
The City of Alexandria's GO Alex employer services program provides business and commuter assistance for using economical and eco-friendly transportation options. GO Alex works with employers to tailor transportation programs that will help companies and organizations realize the benefits of commute alternatives.
The rewards of establishing a commuter benefits program are significant:
- A happier and healthier work force
- Opportunities for Commonwealth tax incentives
- City-wide benefits of easing traffic congestion
- A strong employee recruitment and retention tool
The Transit Services Division manages or co-manages a number of transit studies that address the long term transit needs in Alexandria.
The City of Alexandria and DASH are leading this study. The Alexandria Transit Vision Plan will identify existing and future bus transit needs and community priorities in the City of Alexandria as a basis for designing a future bus network that improves mobility, accessibility, and overall cost efficiency.
The Transit Services Division manages and supports a number of important capital transit projects that will improve transit facilities and service to Alexandria residents, visitors and workers.
Bus Stop Accessibility & Amenities Program
The City of Alexandria provides facilities at bus stops to help make transit more accessible, comfortable, and convenient to customers, thereby encouraging usage. The City's Office of Transit Services is responsible for implementing bus stop improvements, which includes installing passenger loading pads; accessible bus stops; and bus stop shelters, bulb-outs, and benches.
The King Street-Old Town Metro Station has experienced significant growth in bus service and overall ridership. It is the largest transit facility in the City and provides multi-modal transportation such as Metrorail, Metrobus and DASH buses, the King Street Trolley, bicycles, including a Capital Bikeshare station, carshare, taxis, private shuttles, and individual automobiles. Enhancing the pedestrian experience with a safer and more attractive walking environment; maintaining an efficient level of service for transit access to the site, which includes buses and other transit vehicles; accommodating future access needs, including bus service expansion and making transit use more convenient and attractive as a travel mode is the City's goal.
Van Dorn Metro Station Improvement Project
This project will fund a set of improvements to the existing kiss-and-ride and shuttle area at the Van Dorn Metro Station. The kiss-and-ride area will be redesigned to better accommodate the large number of private shuttle buses serving the station, as well as the larger shuttles which currently serve the facility from Eisenhower Avenue.
Many years of community planning have produced a vision for Potomac Yard, and a new Metrorail station along the Yellow and Blue lines is central to that vision. The Federal Transit Administration and the National Park Service issued their Records of Decision for the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station in the fall 2016. This marked the last step in the review process under the National Environmental Policy Act. Following the FTA and NPS Records of Decision, WMATA issued its Solicitation Notice and Request for Proposal (RFP) for the design-build contract and the project is currently in the WMATA procurement phase.
The West End Transitway is a bus rapid transit (BRT) line that will run through the Van Dorn/Beauregard corridor and connect with transit centers at the Van Dorn Street Metrorail station, Landmark Mall, Mark Center, Southern Towers, Shirlington, and the Pentagon. This project will construct more than 2.2 miles of dedicated bus-only lanes and provide improvements to sidewalks, bikeways, landscaping, and traffic operations along the corridor.
Eisenhower Avenue Metro Improvement Project
This project proposes new bus loading areas, new standard WMATA bus shelters, relocating the kiss-and-ride facility, relocating the car share spaces, providing spaces for private shuttles, and the creation of an enhanced pedestrian plaza at the Eisenhower Metrorail Station. The goal of this project is to improve the overall experience of Metrorail users.
A Transportation Management Plan, or TMP, is a site-specific plan of strategies to encourage residents and employees to take public transportation, walk, bike or share a ride, as opposed to driving alone. 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 transportation management plan. A TMP fund is established to finance the transportation strategies to encourage people to use modes other than the single occupancy vehicle.
The Transit Services Division supports the planning and implementation of transit service in Alexandria through partnerships with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority ( WMATA), Alexandria Transit Company ( DASH), Virginia Railway Express ( VRE), Northern Virginia Transportation Authority ( NVTA), Northern Virginia Transportation Commission ( NVTC), Department of Rail and Public Transportation ( DRPT) and other regional transit agencies.