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Moving Alexandria

Excerpt from Justin's August Newsletter

While those of us in Alexandria have always felt there is something magical about Four Mile Run and something mythical about crossing the Beltway, most people in this region pay little attention to the borders between jurisdictions.

Very few residents and visitors of this region have much appreciation for the differences between Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax County. This reality makes regional cooperation all the more imperative.

When a resident of Alexandria wishes to go to Crystal City or Shirlington or Tyson's Corner, they don't consider what jurisdiction these areas are in, and neither should our transportation network.

That's why in three weeks the opening of the region's first dedicated transitway is so important.

On August 24th, the Metroway service will commence on the Route 1 corridor. Utilizing the dedicated transitway from Potomac Avenue to E. Glebe Road, the new Metroway service will provide connection from Braddock Road Metro to Crystal City Metro. The service will run every 6 minutes during the rush-hour, every 12 minutes off-peak, and every 20 minutes on the weekends.

While the service will connect to Crystal City Metro when it begins operating, further enhancements are underway. Last month, Arlington began construction of their portion of the transitway. Further enhancements are actively being discussed between Arlington and Alexandria.

Yet this is not the only new multi-jurisdictional transit connection we have to celebrate. This past week, DASH launched the new AT9 service, which links the West End of Alexandria with Shrlington and Potomac Yard.

In addition to bringing new transit connections to job centers in Alexandria and Arlington, this new service brings transit to Alexandria neighborhoods that have been historically underserved.

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