Arlington beefs up bus services as massive organization moves in

The task will extend the Transitway by a very little about a mile to Pentagon Metropolis. The support now runs from the Braddock Highway Metro Station in Alexandria, Virginia, to 15th Road in Crystal Town.

Floor is broken Monday on a Transitway extension in Arlington. (WTOP/Luke Lukert)

As big firms like Amazon and Boeing go to Arlington, Virginia, the county is breaking ground on a project to beef up general public transportation.

The challenge will increase the Transitway by a very little in excess of a mile to Pentagon City. The service now operates from the Braddock Highway Metro Station in Alexandria, Virginia, to 15th Road in Crystal City.

“This is a really eye-catching transit alternate for individuals commuting through the (U.S.) Route 1 corridor into destinations like Crystal City, now Pentagon Metropolis, or sites like Potomac Garden,” Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol explained to WTOP.

The extension will put in focused bus-only lanes on 12th Avenue concerning South Hayes Avenue and Army Navy Push. Bus lanes will also be added on Crystal Drive and Clark Avenue. Blended targeted traffic lanes will run on South Hayes to the long run WMATA Pentagon City Bus Bay Undertaking.

“The Transitway extension to Pentagon City will only improve points with added committed lanes providing regular and reliable service,” claimed WMATA Main Functioning Officer Joe Chief.

With Amazon’s 2nd headquarters coming in 2026 and the recent announcement of Boeing bringing its headquarters to the county, Cristol said public transportation is a must.

“As this area gets an internationally recognized financial-growth vacation spot, it is even far more very clear that our organization sector are not able to thrive except if it can attract in proficient workers from about the area,” stated Cristol for the duration of the groundbreaking ceremony.

“And our neighborhoods simply cannot prosper except these exact personnel have effortless and high-quality modes of finding here without the need of incorporating to air high quality, degrading emissions and site visitors congestion.”

5 new Metroway stations also will be additional concerning Pentagon and Crystal City.

“It’s more like a rail method. It is just not on tracks, as opposed to running in blended visitors,” explained Cristol.

The undertaking has an accredited price range of $27.7 million and is funded generally by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and condition money.

The challenge is envisioned to wrap in 2024.

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