Long-Range Transportation Planning Initiatives
The mobility plan will update the Comprehensive Transportation Master Plan developed in 2008 and updated in 2016 with a new bicycle and pedestrian chapter. The Alexandria Mobility Plan (AMP) seeks to incorporate a comprehensive transportation planning approach to ensure adequate mobility and access for all Alexandrians. The mobility plan is a strategic approach to urban transportation planning based on values related to sustainability, equity, and efficiency. The mobility plan encourages a shift from dependency in automobile travel to utilizing more less polluting sustainable modes of transportation and leveraging technology and innovation to attain transportation-related goals.
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 City of Alexandria and DASH are leading this study.
Environmental Action Plan 2040
On July 9, the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to adopt the Environmental Action Plan (EAP) 2040, an update to Eco-City Alexandria’s comprehensive roadmap for creating a thriving, sustainable community. The EAP 2040 includes a chapter on Transportation strategies to reduce the City's greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more and view the plan on the City's Eco-City page.
Transportation planners use census data to learn information about travel patterns for commuting. However, a majority of trips are not commute trips. To learn more about residents travel behavior to be able to make more informed planning decisions, the City has started conducting periodic travel surveys from a statistically significant sample of residents.
- Transit Corridor Feasibility Study (2012)
- Union Street Corridor Study
- Lower King Street Multi-modal Feasibility Study (2015)
- North Potomac Yard - 2017
- South Patrick Street - 2018
- Eisenhower East Plan Update - 2019
- Landmark/Van Dorn Re-Planning - 2019
King Street - Bradlee Reconstruction Project
The section of King Street in the Bradlee and Fairlington Neighborhoods is an important gateway into Alexandria. In it's current state, the street presents challenges for different users. When visitors use I-395 to get to Old Town, Upper King Street is their first impression of the City. Area residents have important stormwater and flooding concerns. Some residents have proposed solutions to improve the aesthetics to enhance community character. For customers and employees of the Bradlee Shopping Center, the Upper King Street area can be confusing. For people driving, taking the bus, walking and biking, this area does not support the many transportation choices. This is why several Council-approved plans and studies have identified improvements in this corridor.
The King Street-Bradlee Reconstruction Project, also known as the Upper King Street Multimodal Reconstruction Project, is an opportunity to improve the King Street corridor between Quaker Lane and Menokin Drive. After applying for state funding in 2020, T&ES is now proposing additional traffic analysis and community engagement to develop a preferred alternative for this corridor. City Council on April 27, 2021 will consider a recommendation to defer the project during SMART SCALE Round 4. If Council agrees and the City withdraws its current application, the City could resubmit in the future to SMART SCALE or another funding source once community outreach and planning is completed. Staff will begin community engagement and planning in the fall of 2021 and will post the official webpage as we get closer to starting the project.
We’re looking forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting to work on beautification, flooding, streetscape, and accessibility issues. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has already given the City strong indications that a project of this scale may score well for future funding.
Below you will find the City Council Memo (and related documents) recommending deferring the application for funding until after the planning is complete. Be sure to check back here in the future for more updates!
- Upper King Street Memo to Council
- Preliminary Planning Assessment in SMART SCALE Application
- Letter from resident groups about stormwater and flooding
- Letter from residents on beautification of the area
- Transportation Master Plan Recommendations (Pages 29-30, 45-46, 55, 66-69)
- VDOT's VTrans Mid-term needs (Transportation Demand Management, Transit Access, Congestion Mitigation, Bicycle Access, Road Safety Improvements, and Pedestrian Access and Safety)
- Alexandria Transit Vision Plan Neighborhood Recommendations Summary (King Street - Bradlee and Park Center Area)