City of Alexandria Affirms Support for Preferred Alignment of the West End Transitway

Alexandria’s City Council reaffirmed its support for the preferred alignment of the West End Transitway on March 29, 2016. The Transitway is a bus rapid transit (BRT) line linking the Van Dorn Street and Pentagon Metro Stations. The BRT’s estimated cost is approximately $140 million.

Alexandria’s City Council first adopted the so-called “locally preferred alternative” in November 2012, and the project has undergone a number of required federal and local reviews, which included the following:

  • Evaluation of specific areas of concern for bicycle and pedestrian facilities
  • Safety
  • Impacts to property
  • Parking and stormwater facilities
  • Operational and engineering feasibility

The locally preferred alternative would include construction of more than 2.2 miles of bus-only lanes, pedestrian safety improvements at 18 intersections, 2.3 miles of sidewalk improvements, and traffic signal prioritization. Although the BRT initiative is not expected to launch until at least 2020, the Alexandria Transportation Commission will also monitor the line for the possible transition from BRT to streetcar.

In addition, the BRT is expected to drive the construction of 10.2 million SF of new mixed-use development along the corridor. An economic analysis estimates the value of this development to be in excess of $2.1 billion.

The BRT project is expected to enter the design phase in the summer of 2016 and the following costs are anticipated:

  • Design and pre-construction — up to $18.5 million
  • Capital construction — upwards of $70 million
  • BRT fleet — $19.5 million.

VIKA stands ready to assist you with all your City of Alexandria project needs … please contact Bob Cochran, Principal Associate at 703.442.7800.

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