Thursday, June 14, 2012
Motorized trolley will use Commonwealth Avenue and Braddock Road to reach Braddock Road Metro station as opposed to initial recommendation of West Street.
Trolley service will make its way to Del Ray and Arlandria beginning this fall. On Wednesday night at City Hall, Alexandria City Council unanimously approved a route that will send free, motorized trolley buses from King Street Metro north along Commonwealth Avenue, then turn right on Braddock Road and stop at Braddock Road Metro station. The trolley will then track back to Mt. Vernon Avenue, run north, make a left turn onto W. Glebe Road, right onto Russell Road and right back onto Mt. Vernon Avenue to return. The first recommended route, initially released in March, terminated at W. Reed Avenue, short of the heart of Arlandria. At the time, members of the Arlandria-Chirilagua Business Association and other stakeholders said they wanted …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Queen Street resident Leslie Zupan suggests that officials overseeing the proposed free Del Ray trolley service get a solid marketing plan and better data before deciding its route and its impact.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Dear Editor, It’s time to take a closer look at the proposed free Del Ray trolley service to determine whether it’s politics or data-centric analysis that is driving this $700,000 project. In recent months, possible routes have been all over the map. Initially, trolleys were to start and end at Braddock Road Metro. Then the decision was made to serve King Street Metro as well. After the “final” route was announced March 29, Council asked why service didn’t extend into Arlandria. Now questions are being raised about why Commonwealth wasn’t considered as the link to King Street and why Braddock is included if tourists are drawn to “Charmville.” This pilot project needs more than raw ridership numbers to justify itself. If the purpose is to …
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…
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 29, 2012
Proposed route will connect King Street and Braddock Road Metro stations before heading up Mt. Vernon Avenue.
With more than a half-dozen routes on the drawing board, Alexandriaʼs Department of Transportation and Environmental Services announced Wednesday that it has selected a recommended route for trolley service in Del Ray. The preferred routing for the trolley, revealed at a community meeting Wednesday night at George Washington Middle School, will start at King Street Metro station, head east on King Street, then north on West Street, stopping at the Braddock Road Metro station. From there, the trolley will hop on Braddock Road and head up Mt. Vernon Avenue. The trolley will cross over West Glebe Road, then head east on West Reed Avenue, passing Cora Kelly Recreation Center. Then the trolley will go down Commonwealth Avenue, turning right on …