Friday, September 14, 2012
Abi Lerner heads to Virginia Department of Transportation.
Abi Lerner, Alexandria's deputy director of transportation, will be departing from the city's Department of Transportation and Environmental Services. He is leaving to become the Virginia Department of Transportation's new Tysons Corner coordinator, according to a T&ES spokeswoman. Sandra Marks, division chief for transportation planning, will fill in during the interim, until the position is filled.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Alexandria section of the Crystal City-Potomac Yard transitway expected to be running in December 2013.
Construction of the Alexandria portion of the Crystal City-Potomac Yard transitway along Route 1 will begin later this month, bringing plenty of changes to the corridor. The Bus Rapid Transitway in Alexandria will consist of exclusive bus lanes in the median of Route 1 between Potomac Avenue and E. Glebe Road. The transitway will eventually connect the Braddock Road and Pentagon City Metro stations and will be constructed in concert with Arlington County. The BRT will offer fast, reliable and safe bus service, project planners said at a community meeting in April. Council approved the transitway in May and made provisions to monitor traffic and parking on streets near the transitway. With new northbound lanes now in service, the former …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
At a community meeting, West Street residents say their street is ill-designed to handle motorized trolley service connecting Old Town and Del Ray.
Alexandria’s Department of Transportation and Environmental Services is reaching out to citizens for input on six alternative routes for the expansion of motorized trolley service onto Mt. Vernon Avenue. T&ES posted a survey on the city’s website asking for citizen preferences on routes, the name of the line and hours of service. All six route alternatives begin at King Street Metro station and terminate at varying destinations after moving north along Mt. Vernon Avenue. Two of the alternatives go all the way to Arlington Ridge Shopping Center across Four Mile Run. Some suggested routes use West Street to connect Old Town with Del Ray, while others use Commonwealth Avenue. The routes using Commonwealth Avenue do not make stops at Braddock…
Friday, April 20, 2012
Project planners hear from citizens at community meeting following briefing on three station alternatives.
Alexandria citizens expressed concerns with the construction of a Potomac Yard Metrorail station that would impact nearby wetlands and the George Washington Memorial Parkway during a community meeting Thursday at Cora Kelly Recreation Center. Project planners with the city used the event to brief the crowd on three build alternatives for a station under evaluation as part of an environmental impact study for the project. A no-build alternative is also being evaluated. It includes improvements to existing transit options in the area. Two of the three station alternatives—an at-grade station located between the parkway and CSX tracks on a new track alignment north of Potomac Greens and an aerial station located west of the CSX tracks almost…
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Bus Rapid Transitway construction expected to begin in July.
The creation of the Crystal City-Potomac Yard transitway will alter the layout of Route 1 to offer fast, reliable and safe bus service, project planners said at a community meeting Wednesday at Cora Kelly Recreation Center. The Bus Rapid Transitway in Alexandria will consist of exclusive bus lanes in the median of Route 1 between Potomac Avenue and E. Glebe Road. The transitway will eventually connect Braddock Road and Pentagon City Metro stations. Work is being performed in partnership with Arlington County. The northbound lanes of Route 1 are currently being expanded. To create the BRT, the existing northbound lanes will be repurposed with concrete for a two-lane bus way. There will be 12-foot landscaped medians on either side of the …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Members express concern that trolley route doesn't go farther north on Mt. Vernon Avenue.
The Alexandria City Council tapped the brakes on the proposed motorized trolley service in the Del Ray area on Tuesday after members expressed concerns with the proposed route, the name of the line and lack of consultation with some civic groups. Mayor Bill Euille also expressed some displeasure with how council failed to receive a briefing on the matter from the city’s Department of Transportation and Environmental Services before it was discussed in the press. “I just think we need to be very cautious in terms of when we do presentations, what we say, in terms of making certain that the legislative body that has to make the final decision is fully cognizant in terms of what you’re doing out in the community,” Eullie said. T&ES revealed …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The Alexandria Transportation Commission held a public hearing Wednesday night about a redesigned King Street station. Some residents criticized the plan.
The Alexandria Transportation Commission voted in favor of a modified version of the city’s plan for a redesigned King Street Metro station following a public hearing Wednesday night. The city’s plan envisioned a new station design at a cost of $6.95 million, combining $4.75 million in grants and $2.2 million from the Alexandria Transportation Improvement Program. The commission voted to add shelters at the Kiss-and-Ride area and dynamic message boards for buses to the city’s preferred plan. The commission rejected constructing the project in six phases instead of two to minimize the impact to station operations and installing a brick sidewalk on Diagonal Road as opposed to concrete. The King Street Metro is in the process of undergoing …
Monday, March 5, 2012
Alexandria's Department of Transportation and Environmental Services is looking into increasing the hours of service for the King Street trolley.
Regular trolley service in Del Ray will begin in September or October at the earliest, according to Alexandria’s director of Transportation and Environmental Services. T&ES chief Rich Baier told Del Ray Patch that despite the city allocating more than $500,000 in the fiscal year 2012 budget toward implementing the motorized trolley service in the neighborhood, the process of selecting a contractor and other matters will push the project into the fall. T&ES Deputy Director Abi Lerner said some of the approximately $510,000 that was allotted for expanding trolley service into Del Ray will be rolled over and combined with new funding in FY2013. How much that is rolled over remains to be determined. From the $510,000, about $190,000 will go …
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Waterfront Work Group discusses trolley and transportation linkages.
Alexandria is currently looking to expand trolley service outside of Old Town, with several proposed routes in Del Ray. Abi Lerner of the city’s Department of Transportation and Environment Services briefed the Del Ray Citizens Association on Monday about some potential routes in Del Ray and Carlyle. The motorized trolley currently runs free passenger service from King Street Metro station down to the waterfront along King Street. Lerner identified four alternative routes under examination. The first would start at Braddock Road Metro station, move north on Mt. Vernon Avenue and then loop down Commonwealth Avenue by Cora Kelly School and back to Mt. Vernon along W. Reed Avenue. A second alternative would start at Braddock Metro, run north …