The Transitway extends between the Crystal City Metrorail Station in Arlington County and the Braddock Road Metrorail Station in the City of Alexandria.
Arlington’s section includes new transit lanes and stations in Potomac Yard and Crystal City.
The County Board approved rules for the new bus-only lanes in January 2016.
Arlington’s section of the Transitway opened on April 17, 2016.
Transitway stats from its first year of operation
About the Project
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.
Arlington’s Transitway section includes exclusive bus lanes in Potomac Yard, a rush hour bus lane through Crystal City and seven new transit stations - visit Understanding Transit Lanes for details. 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 redevelopment already underway in these neighborhoods, as well as planned development in Potomac Yard.
Along the Transitway, WMATA’s new Metroway bus service operates frequently during peak hours and serves a consolidated number of stations. Station amenities include real-time bus arrival information, higher curb for easier vehicle boarding, canopies for weather protection, seating, lighting, and wayfinding information.
Alexandria’s Transitway section opened in August 2014, which allowed the first phase of Metroway service to begin.
The Arlington County Department of Environmental Services has worked side-by-side with the community on this project and with our project partners, including the City of Alexandria, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.
The following are part of the Transitway project's federal environmental review. To request documents not listed here, contact Blanche Buergler at 703-228-0597
2007 Environmental review:
2010 Environmental review update:
- Documented Categorical Exclusion Update
- Appendix 3 - Transportation Effects
- Appendix 11 - Public Outreach
- FTA Approval Letter
Transit Operations Plan:
Residents, business owners, building managers and transit riders were heavily involved in the project’s environmental analysis and the design and locations of the Transitway stations. Public meetings during planning and design included:
- 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.
$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.