The Duke Street Transitway is one of the three high capacity transit corridors that were identified in the 2008 Transportation Master Plan and continued to be supported through the recently completed Alexandria Transit Vision Plan. High frequency transit is planned on Duke Street between Landmark Mall and the King Street Metrorail Station. While concept plans were approved during the 2012 Transit Feasibility Study, staff will be launching a public participation process with the community to re-envision the Duke Street corridor in Fall 2020. The project will be implemented in phases, and the City has been awarded $87 million for planning, design and construction of Phase I.
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.
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 Transportation Planning Division 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.
This project constructed access and safety improvements to the existing kiss-and-ride and shuttle area at the Van Dorn Metro Station. The kiss-and-ride area was 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 and was completed in 2020.
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.