Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway
Arlington County and the City of Alexandria are building the Washington metropolitan area’s first right-of-way dedicated to premium surface transit. The new 4.5-mile Transitway between the Crystal City and Braddock Road Metrorail stations will provide faster, more reliable bus service along the congested Route 1 corridor, with amenities designed to attract new riders.
This project will enhance bus service as a travel option by building new dedicated transit lanes. Arlington’s Transitway section includes a new all-day dedicated transit lane in Potomac Yard, a peak period transit lane in Crystal City and seven new transit stations. Separating bus service from traffic will result in corridor-wide travel time savings of 1-1/4 to 10 minutes for riders.
The Transitway will support development already underway in these neighborhoods, as well as planned growth. The new infrastructure we are constructing, such as transit stations and traffic signal upgrades, will be used for Arlington’s streetcar system in addition to buses.
Along the Transitway, WMATA’s new premium Metroway bus service will operate at high-frequency during peak hours and serve a consolidated number of stations. Station amenities will include real-time arrival information, higher curb for easier vehicle boarding, canopies for weather protection, seating, lighting, and wayfinding information.
Construction update (September 2014)
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The project team held an informational meeting in August to share information about construction occurring between South Glebe Road and 26th Street South. View the meeting presentation (PDF).
Read our May 2014 presentation (PDF) for an overview of construction plans and impacts for Arlington’s section of the Transitway.
Arlington’s Transitway Station Locations
- Location C – South Glebe
- Location B – 33rd & Crystal Drive
- Location A – 27th & Crystal Drive
- Location D – 23rd & Crystal Drive
- Location E – 18th & Crystal Drive/VRE
- Metro Station Entrance – Crystal City Metrorail
- Location F – 23rd & Clark Street
- Location G – 26th & Clark Street
Arlington’s section of Transitway, including new stations in Potomac Yard and Crystal City, is scheduled to open in spring 2015.
Working with the Community During Planning and Design
The Arlington County Department of Environmental Services has worked side-by-side with the community as well as project partners, including the City of Alexandria, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. Residents, business owners, building managers and riders were heavily involved in the project’s environmental analysis and the design and locations of the Transitway stations.
To request a copy of the project’s environmental analysis, contact Blanche Buergler at 703-228-0597.
- January 2012 – Stakeholder working group meeting to update on the final station designs.
- November 2011 – Station naming online survey.
- August 2011 – Meeting to review and comment on artwork designs developed by the artist.
- July 2011 – Meeting to share updates on the design of the stations, focusing on Crystal City.
- June 2011 – Meeting to meet the station artist and provide input on aesthetic enhancements.
- June 2011 –Meeting to report on the service plan, operating plan, and access policy being drafted.
- April 2011 – Meeting to solicit input on bus routes to use the Transitway, service frequency and span, and access policy.
- March 2011 – Meeting to show design concepts and get input on stations in Crystal City.
- March 2011 – Stakeholder working group meeting on station design concepts.
- January 2011 – Stakeholder working group meeting on station locations in Crystal City.
- July 2010 – Meeting to review the results of the environmental analysis, including transportation analysis.
- March 2010 – Meeting to introduce the environmental analysis and to shape evaluation criteria for station location and amenities.
Cost and Funding
- $10.5 million – Estimated construction cost for Arlington’s Transitway section. This includes roadwork and station platforms.
- $21.3 million – Arlington’s total project budget, funded from federal, state and local sources. Local funds are provided by an existing transportation tax levied on commercial properties.