Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Blue buses will utilize bus-only lanes connecting Crystal City and Potomac Yard.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will call the Crystal City-Potomac Yard Transitway “Metro Way” and the vehicles utilizing the region’s first network of bus-only lanes will get a blue color scheme, according to Greater Greater Washington. A public survey posted in March was used to help WMATA determined the branding and color scheme. The Route 1 BRT will ultimately connect Braddock Road and Crystal City Metro stations, with a future extension to Pentagon City. Construction began in July 2012. Metro Way is expected to open for service in Spring 2014. • See: Crystal City-Potomac Yard Transitway to Open in Spring 2014 The MetroBus 9S route will utilize the transitway, as will a new 9X route. The buses will run every six …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Metro officials say bus rapid transitway could move more people quicker, boost bus ridership and potentially reduce vehicle traffic.
The Crystal City-Potomac Yard transitway — the first network of bus-only lanes to be built in the Washington, D.C. region — will debut in spring 2014, according to a report from the Washington Post. The transitway will ultimately connect Braddock Road and Crystal City Metro stations, with a future extension to Pentagon City. Construction began in July. Alexandria officials initially suggested line would open at the end of 2013. “We see this as the poster child for what transit service should be,” Jack Requa, Metro’s bus chief, told the Post. “This will be the first time that the buses will own the street and be able to move freely without interruptions from cars and taxis.” The MetroBus 9S route will utilize the transitway, as will a new …
Monday, February 4, 2013
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Monday, February 4
Our Arlington County Board chairman, Walter Tejada, is to be commended for hosting one of his town hall meetings about the streetcar from 6:45 to 9 p.m. March 27 at Kenmore Middle School. All of our board members are expected be on hand to deliver an update on the current situation and, most importantly, to hear from those of us who do not agree that the streetcar is the most financially feasible and efficient way of moving people up and down Columbia Pike as development pressure intensifies in the years ahead. Other options, like Bus Rapid Transit, need to be further explored and closely vetted before a final decision is made. This forum, including the brief update of current plans, must be followed by a panel discussion of …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Arlington, Alexandria originally planned to split the cost of a Route 1 streetcar.
Arlington County's investment in a planned Crystal City streetcar increased Tuesday night as the county copes with its partner, Alexandria, putting its end of the deal on hold. The Arlington County Board voted 4-1 to pay an additional $664,000 to URS Corp. to make up the difference caused by Alexandria's departure, which may or may not be temporary. Board member Libby Garvey, who opposes the Columbia Pike streetcar and spent much of the past week trying to defeat or delay a funding mechanism for major transportation projects, cast the dissenting vote Tuesday. The county's plans call for the eventual connection of the streetcar systems along Columbia Pike and Route 1. But Alexandria's use of a bus rapid transit system along the Route 1 …