King Street-Old Town Metro Access Improvement Project

The King Street-Old Town Metro Access Improvements project will make the area immediately surrounding the Metrorail station safer and more aesthetically pleasing for station users, while also maintaining efficient levels of service for buses and other transit vehicles accessing the site.

Page updated on Jun 11, 2021 at 5:42 PM

What's New

Bus Loop Service Will Begin On Sunday, June 6, 2021

DASH and Metrobus will start serving the new bays in the bus loop near the station entrance on June 6, 2021, and their temporary bus shelters will be closed. Each new bus bay and the station entrance kiosk will feature new digital screens providing real-time arrival information. New crosswalks and redesigned station lighting have been installed to improve pedestrian visibility.

Transit riders are encouraged to identify the location of their new bus bay assignment prior to June 6. A flier with the station map and bus route assignments is posted below and can be downloaded for future reference. Members of the City’s GoAlex staff will also be on-site to assist with locating new bus bay assignments and to answer questions. Staff are required to wear face masks and observe current social distancing regulations.

New bus route testing will begin on Monday, May 24, 2021, and run through June 5. The City encourages the public to exercise caution and be observant of new bus activity in and around the station. Please follow all markings and posted signs, and use available crosswalks.

MetroAccess will continue to serve riders from the temporary Cameron Street bus stop. Following installation of the three remaining bus bays, DASH, Metrobus, and MetroAccess service will be assigned permanent bus bay locations.

Access to the station from the Diagonal Road mid-block crosswalk will be closed to facilitate construction of the new Kiss & Ride area through Summer 2021. Kiss & Ride customers should continue to use the Braddock Rd or Eisenhower Ave Metrorail stations.

King St Metro Station Phase 1A Opening Flyer 2021-05-21

Download a flier in English, Spanish, and Amharic about the changes starting June 6. 

About the King Street-Old Town Metro Access Improvements Project

The City of Alexandria, in coordination with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), is improving access to and safety around the King Street-Old Town Metrorail Station. The King Street-Old Town Metro Access Improvements Project will bring station access points and amenities in alignment with the City's  Vision Zero initiative. The new bus loop, pedestrian access infrastructure, and Kiss & Ride area will enable pedestrians and bicyclist move through enhanced station facilities, while also allowing buses to operate more efficiently. Additionally, the project includes new energy-efficient lighting in and increases the capacity of the storm sewer through the installation of larger, upgraded storm sewer pipes. Stormwater quality will now also be improved through underground stormwater treatment facilities that treat stormwater runoff from a previously untreated site.

The key project improvements include:

  • A redesigned bus loop with three additional bus bays;
  • Safer pedestrian infrastructure , featuring permeable pavers;
  • New designated areas for bicycle parking, shuttles, Kiss & Ride and taxis;
  • Real-time transit service displays;
  • Larger, upgraded storm sewer pipes;
  • New on-site stormwater treatment facilities;
  • Energy-efficient LED lighting throughout the station and on Diagonal Road; and,
  • Improved landscape features.

Information on the construction phasing and impacts can be found  here.

Site Design


King Street Schematic Jan 2018

Project Background

The King Street-Old Town Metro Access Improvements project has been under study and design by the City and WMATA for many years. The King Street-Old Town Metrorail Station has experienced significant growth in bus service and overall ridership, as growth has occurred on Upper King Street and Carlyle. It is the largest transit facility in the City and provides multi-modal transportation such as Metro and DASH buses, the King Street Trolley, two Capital Bikeshare stations, bicycle parking, carshare, taxis, private shuttles, and individual automobiles. The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) and Amtrak station, which is adjacent to the King St-Old Town Metrorail Station, makes this area a premier transit hub in Alexandria for many visitors, residents and tourists. All modes of travel have expanded their presence in this area, including Metrobus, DASH, private shuttle bus, Bikeshare and ride hailing services, such as Uber and Lyft. Many have plans for more service expansion in the near future.  

Initial funding to kick off the first study was received in 2006, resulting in an initial conceptual design that was reviewed by the public over the course of three community meetings. The community feedback resulted in a completely new design better aligned with the urban Upper King Street area and more functional for all users. The new concept was completed in 2010, then reviewed by City boards and commissions, and ultimately adopted by City Council in 2012.  Between 2012 and 2018, the City worked closely with WMATA, City boards and commissions, and the community to finalize the design of this complex project, which has involved many stakeholders. The start of major work on the King Street-Old Town Metrorail Station Access Improvement Project, including closure of the bus loop area, began in November 2018. Preliminary construction including the construction of interim bus bays began in August 2018 and will be completed in 2021. 

Project Timeline

  • 2006 – First Study
  • 2008 – Initial Concept Design Completed & community outreach 
  • 2010 – Community feedback led to reconsideration of project and new design
  • 2011 – Three Transportation Commission reviews and additional public meeting
  • 2012 – City Council & Planning Commission reviews and adoption of project plan 
  • 2013 – Traffic and Parking Board approvals for parking modifications
  • 2015 – Planning Commission reaffirmation of the plan
  • 2016 – Detailed plan design and coordination with WMATA continues
  • 2017 – Design complete; Updates to the Transportation Commission and Traffic and Parking Board
  • 2018 - Selection of Construction contractor; Construction begins in Summer
  • 2021 – Project Completion
  • ONGOING: Outreach to Civic Associations and other stakeholders

Construction Schedule

The project, which is being split into two phases, is expected to be completed in mid 2021. The first phase of construction required the relocation of bus bays to surrounding streets. After completion of the first phase, buses will move back to the station. Other facilities – including locations for Kiss & Ride, and shuttles – will remain closed for the duration of the project construction.

  • August 6, 2018 – Mobilization / Pre-construction of temporary bus bays, wayfinding; Some metered parking in station and shuttle area closed; On-street parking on north side of Diagonal Road closed  
  • November 18, 2018 – Closure of Bus loop / Kiss & Ride / taxi area; On-street parking on south side of King Street (between Daingerfield and Diagonal Rd) and east side of Daingerfield Road (between Diagonal Rd and Dechantal St) closed; Begin Phase 1 Construction
  • Spring 2021 – Portion of New bus loop area opens; Begin Phase 2 Construction 
  • Summer 2021 – Full bus loop opens; New Kiss & Ride, taxi area, shuttle area and car share opens.

Contact Information

  • Steve Sindiong, Capital Projects Program Manager, T&ES , 703.746.4047
  • Reginald Arno, Construction Project Manager, Department of Project Implementation, 703.746.4631
  • Contact WMATA or DASH during construction for changes to bus routes: