King Street-Old Town Metro Access Improvements Project

The City, in coordination with WMATA is working to increase access and safety as part of the King Street-Old Town Metro Access Improvements project. The focus of this project is to provide 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.

Page updated on Jul 7, 2017 at 3:47 PM

King St Old Town MetroThe 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 Metro and DASH buses, the King Street Trolley, bicycles, including a Capital Bikeshare station, carshare, taxis, private shuttles, and individual automobiles.  Also, the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) and Amtrak station is adjacent to the King St-Old Town Metrorail Station and is a major transit point to Alexandria for many visitors and tourists.  The increased ridership and corresponding increase in bicycle and pedestrian movements at the station can also be attributed partially to the relocation of the U.S. Patent and Trade Office (PTO) to a new headquarters 1,600 feet southwest of the station.  Metrobus, DASH and private shuttle bus services have all expanded their services and have plans for more service expansion in the near future.  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. 


What's New?



Project Goals

The City and WMATA have developed a set of improvements which when constructed, should meet the project goals:

  • Make facility safer and more aesthetically pleasing for all users and citizens
  • Improve pedestrian access into the King St-Old Town Metro lot
  • Develop more bus stops and layover locations in the lot
  • Provide assigned spaces for private shuttles
  • Improve bicycle access and storage into and adjacent to the King St-Old Town Metro station
  • Utilize kiss-and-ride spots more efficiently
  • Continue to provide space for taxis
  • Continue to provide space for short-term car rentals

Site Design

Current design of the proposed facility

2016-09-13 King St Proposed Configuration


Construction Phasing

The two-year construction project will be completed in two phases, with no provision for Kiss & Ride or shuttle bus parking for the duration of the project construction. Buses will be relocated during the first phase to accommodate construction and the new bus bays will be open for the second phase, as shown in the graphics below.

2016-09-13 Phase I Construction 2016-09-13 Phase II Construction v 3


Timeline & Schedule

  • Begin Public Outreach on Construction - Summer 2017
  • Begin Construction Procurement - Fall 2017
  • Begin Construction - Winter 2018

  • Finish Construction - Spring 2020 


Budget

  • Local Funds: $3.7 million
  • Federal Funds: $5.7 million
  • State Grant: $2.1 million
  • TOTAL: $11.7 million

Contact Information

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

  • Contact WMATA or DASH during construction for changes to bus routes. 
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