Update: West End Transitway (Corridor C) Alternatives Analysis/Environmental Assessment
On May 5, the City issued the call for nominations for the West End Transitway (Corridor C) Alternatives Analysis/Environmental Assessment (AA/EA) Policy Advisory Group (PAG). All applicants must complete and submit a brief application form to the Department of Transportation & Environmental Services no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, May 23. The application can be downloaded from the project website. The PAG will hold its first meeting in June and will meet regularly at key points in the AA/EA process. The City will also hold a public open house kick-off for the project on May 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Landmark Mall, 5801 Duke Street (the meeting room can be accessed via the second-level parking deck entrance). Participants may come and go to learn about the Transitway.
Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Group Meeting
The Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Group (PYMIG) will meet on Thursday, May 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Sister Cities Room 1101, City Hall, 301 King Street. The meeting will include an update on the environmental planning process and a presentation of the recently completed physical and digital models, which show each of the Build Alternatives and the CSX Option. The models will be on display beginning at 5:30 p.m. and after the meeting in the Vola Lawson Lobby (Cameron Street entrance).
Alexandria Fire Department Receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Award
The Alexandria Fire Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Award. The award recognizes the department’s commitment and success in implementing specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer a severe heart attack known as a STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction). The Fire Department’s highly-trained advanced life support medics perform and interpret 12-lead ECGs in the field. The medics can then notify the hospital of the STEMI prior to their arrival, allowing the cardiac catheterization team at Inova Alexandria Hospital time to assemble and prepare. The medics can also transmit the ECG to the hospital wirelessly from the patient’s side. This collaboration between Alexandria Fire Department and Inova Alexandria Hospital has led to this recognition and, more importantly, the best possible outcomes for residents and visitors of Alexandria suffering from heart attacks.
Alexandria Ranked #1 Greenest 'Mid-Size' City
The City of Alexandria has been ranked number one of the 10 “greenest” mid-sized cities in the nation. The study, conducted by My Life, a social aggregation site, ranked 189 cities using the following criteria: 1) number of public parks; 2) number of recycling centers; 3) environmentally conscious commuters; and 4) a walk score. Alexandria was the only city to rank in the top 20 of in all four categories, and was noted for its implementation of climate change initiatives. The study findings recognize the City’s many environmental efforts, particularly those of the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services’ Eco-City Alexandria initiative.
Bike to Work Day is May 16
On the morning of Friday, May 16, join more than 10,000 area commuters in celebrating this year's Bike to Work Day, which promotes bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work. The City will host four pit stops: Market Square at City Hall in Old Town, Carlyle at John Carlyle Square Park, Mark Center at 4825 Mark Center Drive, and a new pit stop, Colasanto Park in Del Ray, at 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue. Register and check in at a pit stop to receive a free t-shirt, water bottle, food, drink, and the opportunity to win great raffle prizes. Pit stop times vary; for specific information, visit the Bike to Work Day website.