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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 bus operations, to support redevelopment in Crystal City and high density growth in Potomac Yard. 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.

Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway Station A

Design of the new 27th Street South & Crystal Drive Transitway station in front of the EPA building, at Potomac Yard in Arlington.

Project Plan

This project will enhance bus service as a travel option by building 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.

New premium bus service along the Transitway will use off-vehicle fare payment for faster boardings, 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.

The Transitway will support development already underway in these neighborhoods, as well as future planned growth. The new infrastructure constructed with this project, such as transit stations and traffic signal upgrades, will also be used for the planned streetcar in addition to buses.

Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway Stations

Route and station map for Arlington’s section of the Transitway. It will connect over Four Mile Run to Alexandria’s Transitway section.

Transitway Station Locations


Construction for Alexandria’s Transitway section is underway. It is scheduled to begin operating in summer 2014.

In 2014 Arlington will begin constructing its section of Transitway, including new stations, in Potomac Yard and Crystal City. These are scheduled to open in early 2015.

Working with the Community

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 have been heavily involved in the project’s environmental analysis, and the design and locations of the Transitway stations.

  • 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.