Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The Alexandria Transit Company will offer modified service on Monday, Jan. 21, which is both Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.
On Monday, Jan. 21 DASH (Alexandria Transit Company) will operate on a Saturday schedule. Monday is both Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and the 2013 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama. The King Street Trolley will operate on a regular schedule that day, DASH has announced. The free trolley runs from 11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. between the King Street Metro Station and the Alexandria waterfront. Metro (rail and bus) will run on a special schedule, operating rush-hour service (but no Rush Plus) service Jan. 21. There will be a special Inaugural Water Taxi running from Alexandria to DC. For more on inauguration transportation and other information about Barack Obama’s second inauguration, click here.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
The free trolley operates between the King Street Metro and the riverfront in Old Town.
Approximately 3,500 revelers who attended Alexandria's New Year's Eve bash First Night took DASH and King Street trolley service to enjoy the festivities. The trolley took First Night Alexandria participants between the King Street Metro and the waterfront. The free trolley operates every 15 minutes from 11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.
Monday, December 24, 2012
King Street Trolley operating on Christmas Day, but no regular DASH bus service.
DASH bus service has an altered schedule for the Christmas holiday. On Christmas Eve, DASH is running a Saturday schedule. That evening, all DASH routes except for the King Street Trolley end at 7 p.m. On Christmas Day, there is no DASH service except for the King Street Trolley. The King Street Trolley runs a regular schedule Monday and Tuesday, from 11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
DASH bus service hosted the big guy on the King Street Trolley on Saturday.
Santa took public transportation on Saturday, hopping aboard the King Street Trolley. Alexandria Transit Company, or DASH, welcomed Santa aboard the trolley as he took pictures with more than 300 children, families and pets. All children received a special gift from Santa and treats from DASH and the King Street Trolley. Among some of Santa’s visitors were the Alexandria City Council, and Jay Palermino with the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. The free King Street Trolley operates daily, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. every 15 minutes from the King Street Metro Station to the Potomac River waterfront.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Santa is going from Dasher to DASH and kids can have their photos taken with Santa on the trolley.
Santa is giving Dasher and Dancer a brief respite this year by hopping on the King Street trolley. On Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of City Hall, children can have their picture taken with Santa for free. All children will receive a special gift from Santa, DASH and the King Street Trolley. And don't forget that Santa will be at 1 Wales Alley in Old Town for photos this holiday season too.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Patricia Washington and her staff awarded exceptional Alexandria staff.
The new CEO of the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association made her first official appearance at its Tourism Marketing Forum on Friday night. Patricia Washington and her staff recognized individuals who contributed to the success of ACVA in 2012 during the annual forum, which was held at Historic Mount Vernon for the third year in a row. Recently appointed Mount Vernon CEO Curtis Viebranz welcomed guests to the event. “This is a wonderful introduction for me to the many ways in which ACVA collaborates with its membership,” said Washington in a release. “I am excited to be in Alexandria for many reasons, including the compelling stories our businesses have to tell. These awards are great examples of how we will work in partnership …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
DASH looking into providing shrink-wrapped buses for weekend service.
With the Del Ray/Arlandria Trolley project currently in limbo, Alexandria’s bus system may lend a hand to get the service running in some capacity. Patch revealed last week that the Del Ray/Arlandria Trolley line was in jeopardy after the city failed to receive a bid during a month-long contractor proposal period. The route, approved by City Council in June, connects King Street Metro to Braddock Road Metro via Commonwealth Avenue and Braddock Road and then moves through Del Ray and into Arlandria before turning around. The motorized trolleys would run Thursday through Sunday primarily in the afternoon and evening hours. City officials cited the economy and the risk involved for contractors to supply and operate trolleys for potentially …
Friday, November 30, 2012
City did not receive a bid to operate the line following a request for contractors.
The Del Ray/Arlandria Trolley project appears to be in jeopardy. After City Council approved a route from King Street Metro to Arlandria in June, the city’s Department of Transportation and Environmental Services issued a formal request on Oct. 4 for proposals to operate the line. According to a Nov. 16 report from City Manager Rashad Young, the city publicized the request and held a meeting for interested investors. However, no bids had been submitted when the request period closed on Oct. 31. The city opted to have a contractor operate the Del Ray-Arlandria line instead of DASH, which operates the King Street Trolley. The city used a contractor to operate the King Street line until April, when its new hybrid trolleys went into service …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
More than 250 additional shoppers took the trolley during the special early Black Friday hours on Friday.
More than 250 additional shoppers took the trolley during the special early Black Friday hours of 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., according to the City of Alexandria. Starting the King Street Trolley on Black Friday at 6 a.m., instead of the normal 11:30 a.m., brought an additional 264 shoppers to Old Town Alexandria’s shops, boutiques, and restaurants in the hours before the trolley service usually starts. In total, 3,028 passengers rode the King Street Trolley on Black Friday. Average Friday ridership in November is about 1,900 riders. “DASH is very excited to see a 63 percent increase in trolley ridership on Black Friday," said DASH General Manager Sandy Modell. "Hopefully, that translated to a strong shopping day for Old Town business owners." …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Free trolley service will begin at 6 a.m. on the biggest shopping day of the year.
Alexandria's free trolley service running from the King Street Metro down to the waterfront will have extended hours on Black Friday, the big shopping day after Thanksgiving. On Nov. 23, the trolley will begin its first run at 6 a.m. instead of its usual 11:30 a.m. It runs every 15 minutes, with 20 stops to encourage residents and visitors to explore the shops, restaurants and attractions throughout Old Town.