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Funding Approved For Bus Rapid Transit, Other Alexandria Projects - Source Patch

Posted on Jul 10,2019
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The state transportation board approved funding for Bus Rapid Transit in West End Alexandria and other projects. (Emily Leayman/Patch)
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By Emily Leayman

ALEXANDRIA, VA. — The Commonwealth Transportation Board has approved over $150 million for transportation projects in Alexandria. The funding will be awarded over six fiscal years.

The project receiving the most funding is a Bus Rapid Transit in the West End. This will include pedestrian and bicycle facilities, improvements to the streetscape and buses. According to the project page, the BRT system would connect the Van Dorn Metro Station, Mark Center Transit Center, Shirlington Transit Center, Pentagon Transit Center, the Van Dorn/Landmark neighborhood, the redeveloped Landmark Mall, and Beauregard Street. It is currently in the early design stage. Total state funding is $57.2 million.

The next highest funding amount, $50 million for the Potomac Yard Metro's southwest access, had been announced last November along with the Amazon headquarters and Virginia Tech Innovation Campus. The city studied three options for a south access point to the station. City Council ultimately recommended a southwest access pavilion with a pedestrian bridge connecting to the station. The city asks Metro to have its contractor Potomac Yard Constructors advance this option without an escalator for cost savings.

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