Transit Vision Plan

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Overview

The Alexandria Transit Vision Plan is a project led by the City of Alexandria and DASH to design a future bus network for the City of Alexandria. The purpose of the project is to create a more useful and equitable bus network that encourages more people to get to more places using transit.


What's New

Based on input received over the last year, the project team has developed two Draft Recommended Networks – (1) a 10-year network vision to be implemented by 2030; and (2) a short-term plan for that would incorporate some of the proposed network improvements by 2022. The two scenarios are being presented to the public in October and November for feedback before the ATV Plan recommendations are finalized in December. If approved, the resulting service changes for the 2022 network could begin as early as mid- to late 2020.

This purpose of this website is to provide resources for the members of the Alexandria community to learn more about the ATV project, understand how they would be affected by the proposed changes, and to provide feedback or get information about upcoming ATV events in the community.

To learn more about the ATV Project, you can:

To get involved with the ATV project or provide feedback, you can:

  • Attend one of our upcoming community meetings or public hearings on October 15 & 24, and November 13. If you would like to show your support for the recommendations, have ideas, or concerns, we encourage you to attend.        
  • Complete our short online survey, which asks for your input on the two Draft Recommended Networks.
  • Email the project team directly at transitvision@alexandriava.gov 
  • We will also be doing several dozen additional meetings with specific groups and communities, as well as 15-20 pop up events to distribute project information to current transit users.
     

Alexandria Transit Vision Fast Facts  

  • The proposed ATV network would triple the number of Alexandria residents with access to frequent, all-day bus service from 40,000 to 120,000 by 2030
  • The proposed ATV network would triple the number of low-income residents in Alexandria with access to frequent, all-day bus service from 4,000 (29%) today to nearly 13,000 (89%) by 2030.  This means that 9 out of every 10 low income residents in Alexandria could have access to a bus every 15 minutes or less, seven days per week
  • The proposed ATV network would nearly quadruple the number of minority residents in Alexandria with access to frequent, all-day bus service from 16,000 to nearly 63,000 by 2030.
  • The proposed ATV network would greatly increase the usefulness of bus service during middays, evenings and weekends.  The total amount of bus service provided on Saturdays and Sundays would increase by 37% and 71% by 2030 respectively, which will help provide shorter wait times and longer hours of service for weekend transit users such as service sector employees at hotels, restaurants, and stores.


Draft Network Scenarios

Existing Peak Network

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Existing Midday Network

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Peak Network by 2022

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Midday Network by 2022

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Peak Network by 2030

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Midday Network by 2030

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Public Meetings

Engagement Round 3 - Draft ATV Network Scenarios Meeting Dates

DASH and City staff will be conducting public outreach throughout October and November to present the draft recommended network. This outreach will include community meetings, public hearings, pop-up events, and online engagement.  The following meeting dates/times have been scheduled, but additional meetings and events will be added as they are confirmed.

Tuesday, October 15 | 6:30 p.m.

    Armstrong Rec Center (Formerly Cora Kelly Rec Center)

    25 W. Reed Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305

    Thursday, October 24 | 6:30 p.m.

    Ellen Coolidge Burke Library

    4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304

    Wednesday, November 13 | 5:30 p.m.*

    Alexandria City Hall (Council Chambers, 2nd floor)

    301 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

    *Public hearing to be held at start of November meeting of ATC Board of Directors.

    For more information on the project or to submit feedback, please contact the ATV Project Team at transitvision@alexandriava.gov.


    Neighborhood Impacts of Draft Recommended Network

    Arlandria

    Del Ray

    Duke Street / Landmark

    Eisenhower East / Carlyle

    Old Town

    Parkfairfax / North Ridge

    Potomac Yard

    Seminary Hill / Janneys Lane

    Southern Towers / Mark Center

    King Street / Park Center / Bradlee

    Van Dorn Street

    West End / Beauregard Street 


    Past meetings

    Alexandria Transit Company Board Meeting - June 12

    The Alexandria Transit Company (ATC) Board met on June 12 to provide guidance to the project team on the development of a draft recommended network, as well as near term and longer term service levels, based on the input received on the Ridership concept and Coverage concept. The Board recommended that the ATV network be designed with approximately 85 percent of service hours dedicated to ridership oriented goals. Approximately 15 percent of service hours should be allocated for coverage type services, with an emphasis on maintaining transit access for areas with significant numbers of seniors and individuals with limited mobility. The final draft ATV network will also be designed with a focus on peak services such as the AT-3 and AT-4 in light of the extensive public feedback that has been received.

    In terms of future levels of investment, the Board recommended that the ATV Plan network should target a 20 percent increase over current service hours by the year 2030. For the short term, the Board recommended that the plan look at three scenarios of service level increases by FY 2022, including no increase, an 8 percent increase, and 4 percent  increase to better understand the potential fiscal impacts over the next two years.

    The final Draft ATV Network will be developed over the summer 2019 and presented to the public for additional feedback in the fall 2019. For any questions, please contact  transitvision@alexandriava.gov

    Alexandria Transit Company Board Meeting - May 8

    The public was invited to provide input on the ATV as part of the regularly-scheduled April meeting of the Alexandria Transit Company. DASH and City staff will provide a brief presentation, which will be followed by an open public comment period. 

    Transportation Commission - April 17

    The public was invited to provide input on the ATV as part of the regularly-scheduled April meeting of the Transportation Commission. DASH and City staff will provide a brief presentation, which will be followed by an open public comment period. 

    Joint Alexandria Transit Company (ATC) Board / Transportation Commission Meeting - February 13, 2019

    A joint ATC Board and Alexandria Transportation Commission meeting was held on Wednesday, February 13 (7:00 p.m. at DASH Facility). The meeting provided an update on the ATV Plan and an overview of transit network scenarios that have been developed based on community input.


    Public Engagement

    Engagement Round #2 Summary of Input

    A summary of Engagement Round #2 during Spring 2019 including input provided by the MetroQuest survey, stakeholder workshop and three public workshops

    Round 2 Public Workshops (Spring 2019)

    This was the second round of community meetings focused on receiving input on two transit network concepts, including a Ridership concept, and Coverage concept. The workshops were held at three locations (March 5, 2019 at Francis Hammond Middle School, March 5 at Leonard Armstrong Recreation Center, and March 7 at Nannie Lee Center) to encourage participation.


    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. 

    Round 1 Public Workshops (Fall 2018)
    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.


    Reports and Plans

    Draft Recommended Network Report

    The ATV Project Team has developed a draft Recommended Network report. This report provides draft recommendations for a near term (2022) and longer term (2030) transit network based on community input from the first two rounds of engagement and direction from the Alexandria Transit Company (ATC) Board. The draft networks were derived from the concepts that were developed in the Concepts Report (See below).

    Concepts Report

    The Concepts Report provides an overview of two concepts for what bus networks could look like in Alexandria, including a Ridership concept, and Coverage concept. These provide two different ideas that were examined during the second round of civic engagement (spring 2019). These concepts were developed based on feedback from the public, and the results of the Choices Report.

    Choices Report
    The draft final Choices Report is provided below. The Choices Report was the first step of the project, 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 late 2019. Initially planned to be completed in Summer 2019, the project has been slowed to allow for additional public feedback. The implementation of any recommended changes would likely begin in mid to late 2020. See the project schedule below

    ATV process 10-7-19


    Reference Materials


    Contact Information

    City of Alexandria: Steve Sindiong, Transit Capital Program Manager, Department of T&ES, Transit Services
    703.746.4047, or steve.sindiong@alexandriava.gov

    DASH: Martin Barna, Director of Planning and Scheduling
    703.746.5644, or martin.barna@alexandriava.gov

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