Transit Vision Plan

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The 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.


  • Opportunity to fundamentally re-imagine the City's bus network
  • Consistent with the City's Transportation Management Plan objectives
  • Close partnership between the City of Alexandria and DASH

What's New

Engagement Round #1 Summary of Input
A summary of Engagement Round #1 during Fall 2018 including input provided by the public survey, stakeholder workshop, and two public workshops. 

Two Public Workshops
This was the first round of community meetings focused on identifying priorities and discussing trade-offs with the public. The workshops were held at two locations (October 16, 2018 at Durant Arts Center, and October 18, 2018 at Samuel Tucker Elementary School) to ensure access and encourage participation.

Choices Report
The draft final Choices Report is provided below. The Choices Report is the first step, and lays out the facts about transit and development in Alexandria, and discusses value choices and trade offs that need to be made as part of the transit vision.

Project Background

The ATV Plan is a result of the close partnership between DASH and the City of Alexandria. DASH is the Alexandria transit agency that provides bus service within Alexandria and connects to Metrobus, Metrorail and Virginia Railway Express. Both the City and DASH recognize the need to address declining transit ridership, changing land use patterns, shifting regional travel, and recent technological advances. The ATV Plan represents an opportunity to fundamentally re-imagine the city’s bus network from scratch.

The study is funded through federal funds (Regional Surface Transportation Program – RSTP) provided via the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transit (DRPT ). Similar network redesign efforts have recently been conducted in cities such as Houston, TX; Tampa, FL; Richmond, VA; and San Jose, CA.

Project Overview

The ATV Plan will develop an unconstrained, data-driven future bus transit network that reflects the needs and priorities of city residents, workers and visitors.  The plan will use data to understand issues and needs and a robust civic engagement process to guide City and DASH staff on how buses should serve the community. The City has made some major investments in its transit network, based on the recommendations of the Transportation Master Plan. These include the construction of the Route 1 Metroway, and planning efforts for the West End Transitway and Duke Street Transitway. It is expected that these major investments will serve as a backbone toward the future transit network.

The key project tasks include:

  • Civic Engagement – An inclusive civic engagement process with outreach to citizens, businesses, existing and potential transit riders, and other key stakeholders. Outreach will be focused on three phases:
    1. Identify issues, needs, and community values with respect to transit service
    2. Solicit feedback on proposed network concepts
    3. Review draft ATV Plan
  • Analysis of the Current Transit System – Data collection during spring 2018 for all existing transit routes in the City and route analysis to understand how the existing system is running
  • Market Assessment – Analysis of the existing and future bus transit demand that includes understanding population and employment characteristics, travel patterns, future growth areas, and transportation technology trends
  • Network Design – Development of the future transit network in two phases:
    1. Two conceptual transit networks for public consideration
    2. Final ATV Plan network recommendations. While no specific horizon year is identified, the ATV Plan will be designed so that it could realistically be implemented within the next 10-20 years. The ATV Plan also will include near-term recommendations that could be implemented during the next 2-3 years

Project Schedule

The ATV Plan began in spring 2018, and is anticipated to be completed by summer 2019. The implementation of any recommended changes would likely begin in late 2019 or early 2020. See the project schedule below.

ATV Flow diagram

Reference Materials

Contact Information

City of Alexandria: Steve Sindiong, Transit Capital Program Manager, Department of T&ES, Transit Services
703.746.4047, or

DASH: Martin Barna, Director of Planning and Scheduling
703.746.5644, or